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In addition to being a philosopher, Locke was also famous for his medical and academic research at Oxford College in England. (This annotation contains an image)
How does Locke's idea about equality challenge the concept of Divine Right of Kings, which had dominated governments for centuries?
This website from Stanford University does a good job of explaining Locke's ideas related to government. It is an in depth analysis, and if you are confused about anything you've read it is worth checking out for clarification. (This annotation contains a link)
The Declaration of Independence was the colonists' formal declaration of war. Why would the colonial government have waited so long to officially attempt to break free? From your perspective do you agree with this course of action? Explain.
King George III's 59 year reign is often noted for two key things: the loss of the American colonies and his decent into madness shortly there after. Although he had little to do with the policies that angered colonists, as they were created by Parliament, George III was often the focus of their ire. The Declaration of Independence lists a series grievances the colonists had, and they are addressed to "He" meaning the King. (This annotation contains an image)
In this short clip from the History Channel you will find an explanation about why the Declaration was so monumental in the course of history. (This annotation contains a link)
This passage is one of the most famous in the Declaration of Independence, and is often citied as the representing the core American values. What does Jefferson mean when he notes, "We hold these truths to be self-evident"?
Jefferson's list of "repeated injuries and usurpations" serve to
Look over the list of grievances that Jefferson lists as reasons that the King has violated the natural rights of the colonists. Of this list of offenses, which do you feel were most influential in the decision to fight for independence? Why would these serve as breaking points? Please cite any historical evidence from your studies to support your ideas.
Here Jefferson is explaining the colonial official's numerous attempts to work with Parliament. What reason seems most likely for Parliament's refusal to acknowledge the rights of colonists and grant them a voice in Parliament?
This link provides a short biography of former president Madison's life. (This annotation contains a link)
In this clip from the History Channel you will see a brief discussion about the Federalist Papers and why they are significant to the passage of the Constitution. (This annotation contains a link)
Instability, injustice and confusion could lead to demise of democracy for all of the following reasons EXCEPT
Madison's definition of a faction could serve as a synonym for a
Madison is arguing that
How does Madison address the problems raised by factions?
At this link you will find a released AP FRQ Question from the 2009 exam related to the Federalist 10. Please review it carefully. http://blue.wths.net/faculty/desecki/AP%20Government/ALL%20previous%20FRQs.pdf
AP Mini-Practice: Try to adhere to AP FRQ writing protocols by writing a short paragraph and using specific vocabulary and evidence to answer the following question. After reviewing the FRQ question from the annotation, specifically part c, how could expanding suffrage rights help prevent tyranny of the majority?
This short clip reviews the purpose of the Constitution, and explains how it works. (This annotation contains a video)
Think back to the four documents you reviewed, and reconsider the essential questions, "What are the theories of Democratic Governance that influenced the system we developed? How were those ideas woven into our federal government via the Constitution?" Which ideas do you believe were most influential on our government? What about those concepts enable our country to build the Consitutions "more perfect union"?
How best can the purpose of the Constitution be summarized?