America’s political heritage

America’s political heritage
America’s political heritage
America’s political heritage
America’s political heritage
America’s political heritage
America’s political heritage
America’s political heritage
America’s political heritage
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CH 4. America’s political heritage

Our American heritage developed from Greek, Roman, and English traditions of government.
Belief in self-government prompted colonists to rebel against English rule and win the American War of Independence.
The belief in government by the consent of the people led Americans to establish a government dedicated to preventing tyranny and protecting the rights of citizens.
The Mayflower Compact set up an example of self-government in what is now the United States of America.

Chapter Intro: National Treasure
To learn about the visual symbols hidden in the Great Seal of the United States
investigate Jefferson’s original wording of the Declaration of Independence
and explore the significance of historical landmarks across our nation.

Citizen’s Journal # 4
Discussion: What is rights? What are some examples of the rights of American citizen?
Suppose you were helping to write the Mayflower Compact in 1620.
What is one right that you would want the agreement to protect? Write a paragraph explaining your choice.

4.1 The Colonial Experience
Chapter IV. America’s Political Heritage

Facts and Quotes
A colonist did not cast his vote in the privacy of a voting booth as voters do today.
Instead, he voted in full view of the candidates and other voters.
“At a table sat the sheriff, the candidates, and the clerk. The voters came up one at a time to announce their choices, which were recorded publicly. Since anyone present could always see the latest count, a candidate could at the last minute send supporters to bring in additional needed votes…”

Linking Past and Present
American Colleges: Harvard College, shown here, was established in 1636 in Cambridge Massachusetts, and is now the oldest college in the United States.

Answer this:
Why did colonists think it was important to have an American college?

Rights to Self-Government
4.2 Roots of American Government
Chapter IV. America’s Political Heritage

Roots of American Government
4.3 Moving toward Statehood
Chapter IV. America’s Political Heritage

Linking Civics and Economics
Parliament permitted trade only with England.
Make a list of products they you buy that are made in other countries.

Answer this:
What would happen if everything you buy could come from only one country?

Events leading to Independence
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