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Political Philosophies Shaping U.S. Government
Educator Overview

ABC-CLIO Database: American Government
Time Period: Foundations of American Government
Topic: Political Philosophies Shaping U.S. Government
Skill: Summarizing
Process: Collecting and Organizing Information

Objectives: Identify the political philosophies that shaped the foundation of U.S. government.

What students will discover in the sources: The two video sources cover the major formative influences on U.S. government, including the British common law tradition and 17th and 18th century British and American philosophers (Thomas Paine, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke). The "Roots of U.S. Government" visual presents a timeline of foundational documents in British and American government, starting with the Magna Carta in 1215 and ending with the U.S. Bill of Rights in 1791. The table under "Facts & Figures" offers a side-by-side comparison of the contents of the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Bill of Rights. The final source is the title page of John Locke's Two Treatises of Government, which outlines Locke's mission to redefine the relationship between citizens and the state. Together, these sources will help students trace the origins of American government from its roots in British common law to the revolutionary thinkers of the 18th century.
MLA Citation

"Investigate: Political Philosophies Shaping U.S. Government." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/InvestigateOverview/2226183?tab=1. Accessed 15 Oct. 2019.

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