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CONTENTS: American Foundations- 1607-1790


"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, Constitutional Scholar Brown Univevesity. 
Join us this fall as we explore the historical foundations behind the four founding documents of the United States with instructor, Frank Sachs. Mr. Sachs, a retired high school teacher, 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 weeks of study including
The Road to Independence: follow the journey of the thirteen English colonies on the Road to Independence from England
Inventing a Nation: The failure of the Articles of Confederation led the founders to write a Constitution and create a new form of government based on law and beliefs rather tahn relition or monarchy
The Legislative Branch- Article 1 of teh Constitution articulates the powers of the legislature and their ability to make laws. 
The Executive Branch-Discuss the powers granted to the chief executive in Articl II of the Constitution, and the seven powers the Presidency has assumed since the ratification of the Constitution. 
The Judicial Branch-The judiciary is the third co-equal branch of government. Examine Article III of the Constitution and how it has evolved. 
The Bill of Rights and other Amendments- The first 10 amendments are collectively called the Bill of Rights. Cover what they protect and the difference between civil liberites and civil rights.