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HIS 1576 History of US Government  

The study of the American Constitutional History
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History of the United States Government

This course surveys the development of the American political system.  It examines the struggle for democracy and the structure of the United States government, and provides a framework for how the American political system works.


The Declaration of Independence


Articles of Confederation


Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the course the student will:

1.  Gain an understanding of the nation's political origins

2.  Discuss the core ideas present in its foundational documents

3.  Understand the U.S. government's three main branches, the function of each and key     moments when they conflicted and cooperated over the nations's democratic ideals.

4.  Appreciate the balance of powers concept embedded in the U.S. Constitution

5.  Discuss key moments in the nation's governmental history


Major Problems in American Constitutional History


The Constitution




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Shays' Rebellion


Founding Fathers




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