Join us this fall for Contents: American Foundations-1607 to1790.
This six week series will explore the historical foundations behind the four founding documents of the United States.
" 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 peridocally the values of the men who declared independence from Great Britain and framed the Constitution."
- Gordon Wood, Constitutional Scholar Brown University.
Have you ever wondered why we need a government? Why is it organized and function the way it does? What rights and liberties does it protect and how? What gives it legitimacy?
We will discuss these questions and more by exploring the foundations behind the United States: The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, The U.S. Constitution and The Bill of Rights.
Begin with the thirteen English Colonies and how they came to declare their independence from England. Review the Articles of Confederation and how that failure and a rebellious spririt led the founders to write a Constitution and create a new form of government based on law and beliefs rather than religion or monarchy. Dive into the three co-equal branches of the the government, Legislative, Executive and Judicial. Learn what powers are held by each branch as articulated in Articles I, II and III of the Constitution, before ending your study with the Bill of Rights and other Amendments.
Class meets Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8 pm, October 2-November 6 at Diamondhead Education Center in room 2021. (Located on the upper level.)
Tuition for all six classes is just $17.76. Pre-registration is required.
Follow this link to learn more and register.
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.