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Government For A New Nation


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  • 1. Government for a New Nation Objective: What: Cover the Development of a new National Government How: Guided Note-Taking via PowerPoint
  • 2. A New Nation
    • In 1776 a new nation was born
    • It took 11 years to create the U.S. Constitution
    • In 1787 40 men signed the Constitution
  • 3. Early Ideas
    • Democracy comes from the Greek word “rule by the people”
    • The first democracy was created more than 2,000 years ago in Greece
    • The democracy of Athens was a direct democracy
  • 4. Democracy
    • Direct democracy is where all the people vote on issues
    • Representative democracy is where the people elect leaders to vote for them
    • The first representative democracy started 2,500 in Rome
  • 5. Great Britain
    • Hundreds of years later Great Britain would use the Roman’s ideas of democracy
    • In 1215 British nobles forced King John to sign the Magna Carta
    • This document forced the King to recognize the right’s of nobles and vassals
  • 6. Magna Carta
    • Was also important because it gave accused people the right to a trial by a jury of peers
  • 7. British Parliament
    • Is a group of lawmakers who wrote laws for the king
    • These lawmakers represented nobles
    • Slowly over time more people were allowed to vote
  • 8. The English Bill of Rights
    • Was passed in 1689
    • It strengthened representative government in Britain
    • It gave Parliament the right to raise taxes
    • Protected the rights of the people
    • Allowed people to speak out against the government
  • 9. Parliament has Two Houses
    • Nobles work in the House of Lords
    • Representatives are elected to the House of Commons
    • The leader of Parliament is the Prime Minister
  • 10. American Democracy
    • When the Americans began to write the Constitution
    • They considered the democracies of the Greeks, Romans, and British
  • 11.