HGov: Summer Assignment Chapter 2

01 American IndependenceThe United States was founded on a set of ideas and principles developed over many centuries. Those ideas helped give rise to a system of representative government based on the rule of law and a respect for individual rights and liberties. American colonists drew their ideas about government from various sources, including classical civilizations (Greek and Roman), English law, and Enlightenment philosophy. They combined those ideas with their own experiences in colonial self-government. Accustomed to self-rule, colonists were quick to react when Great Britain tried to impose taxes on the colonies. In 1776, the colonies declared themselves to be “Free and Independent States.”

Homework Assignment:
1. Edmodo: GOP Presidential Candidate Poll 
2. Chapter 2: Constitutional Democracy. Read pages 37 – 67



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