Our political beginnings
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5

Like this? Share it with your network

  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
    Be the first to like this
No Downloads


Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds



Embeds 0

No embeds

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

    No notes for slide


  • 1. Our Political Beginnings American Government Chapter 2 Section 1
  • 2. Basic Concepts of Government
    • Ordered Government
      • Orderly regulation such as sheriffs, coroners, grand jury, township, etc.
    • Limited Government
      • Government is restricted and each individual has certain rights that government cannot take away.
  • 3. Basic Concepts Continued
    • Representative Government
      • Government should serve the will of the people.
      • People should have a voice in deciding what government should and should not do.
      • “ government of, by, and for the people”
      • This idea was becoming popular in England at the time!!!
  • 4. Landmark English Documents
    • Magna Carta
      • 1215-King John forced to sign-included trial by jury, due process, and other protections against the absolute power of the King. (Robin Hood?!)
    • The Petition of Right
      • Further limited the Kings Powers (Charles I)
    • The Bill of Rights
      • Glorious Revolution-limited army in peace time, free elections, fair trial, etc.
  • 5. English Colonies
    • Royal Colonies
      • Subject to control of the Crown
      • Created a bicameral (2 house) legislature controlled by the King.
    • Proprietary Colonies
      • Organized by a proprietor, a person to whom the king had made a grant of land.
      • Pennsylvania had a unicameral (1 house) legislature.
  • 6. English Colonies Continued
    • Charter Colonies
      • Connecticut and Rhode Island were based on charters granted to the colonists.
      • Mostly self-governing
      • Laws made by bicameral legislatures were not subject to the governor's veto, nor was the Crown needed for approval!