The student will describe the historic and philosophical foundations of the United States republican system of government.
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Cite specific textual and visual evidence and compare points of view to examine the philosophical contributions of the Enlightenment including the writings of Montesquieu, Locke, and Thomas Jefferson; the early experiences of colonial self-government; and the influence of religious texts including The Bible to the foundation of American political thought.
Cite specific textual and visual evidence and summarize the impact of major historic events of the Revolutionary Era and major documents contributing to the formation of constitutional government in the United States including the Mayflower Compact (1620), the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639), the English Bill of Rights (1689), the Albany Plan of Union (1754), the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776), the Articles of Confederation (1781), and the colonial/revolutionary writings of Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, and James Otis.
Determine the central ideas and importance of the concept of inalienable rights, the social contract or compact, the 27 grievances as stated in the Declaration of Independence, and the discussions of enumerated versus implied powers; and cite specific textual and visual evidence to explain how the protection of these rights were incorporated in the United States Constitution and the federal Bill of Rights as a fundamental purpose of the government.
Evaluate the necessity for a written constitution to set forth the organization of government and to distribute powers among the three different branches of government and the states, or the people.
Analyze the events and major conflicts, beliefs, and arguments which led to the addition of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution; and compare the points of view as expressed in Federalist Papers Number 10 and Number 51 and the writings of the Anti-Federalists including Patrick Henry and George Mason.