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American Foundations
1607 to 1790

"The United States was founded on a set of beliefs and not, as were other nations, on a common ethnicity, language or religion. Since we are not a nation in any traditional sense of the term, in order to establish our nationhood, we have to reaffirm and reinforce periodically the values of the men who declard independence from Great Britain and framed the Constitution." -Gordon Wood, Consitutional Scholar, Brown Unversity

Join us in exploring the historical foundations behind the four founding documents of the United States. 
The series begins with The Road to Independence, and how thirteen English Colonies came to declare their independence from England. Next, Inventing a Nation, and a look at why the Articles of Confederation failed, and the rebellious spirit that led the founders to write a Constitution and create a new form of government. 
Examine the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches of government, before closing out the series with a study of the Bill of Rights and other Amendments, including discussions on the difference between civil rights and civil liberites. 

Your instructor, Frank Sachs is a retired teacher of 40 plus years. He studied the Supreme Court at the Supreme Court Institute for Teachers at Georgetown Law School, George Washington at Mount Vernon and the Founding Fathers with Richard Brookhiser, the editor of the National Review at NYU. 

Six session series takes place at Diamondhead Education Center. Upper level, Room 2021. October 2-November 6, 6:30-8 pm. $17.76/person. Learn more and register here.