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What were the American colonists' foremost concerns in terms of their constitutions?

a. Paying an appropriate level of taxes to keep state governments operating
b. Ensuring that people did not get too many rights too quickly
c. Protecting the common-law rights that they had brought with them from England
d. Protecting the right to vote for all men and women over the age of 18

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2349, Basic principles of colonial governments
Colonists sought to protect their basic rights in their colonial constitutions.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2348, Colonial innovations in government
The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut were an important step in American constitutionalism. Learn why on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2347, Colonial legislatures
Today we learn about colonial legislatures and checks on their authority.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2346, Structure of colonial governments
Learn about the structure of American colonial governments on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2345, Inequality in the colonies
Indentured servants, Native Americans, and slaves did not have equal rights in colonial America.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2344, Not all Americans enjoyed basic rights
Although guarantees of basic rights appeared in many American colonies, not all Americans benefited equally.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2343, The Massachusetts Body of Liberties of 1641
The Massachusetts Body of Liberties was America's first bill of rights.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2342, A royal charter
The royal charter for Jamestown guaranteed the settlers the rights of Englishmen.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2341, The Southern Colonies
The Southern Colonies were mostly rural. They produced agricultural products and exploited the labor of slaves.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2340, The New England Colonies
The New England Colonies featured the first confederation among European settlers.
60-Second Civics: Episode 23389, Success in America
The chance to improve one's lot in life is fundamental to the American experience.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2339, The Middle Colonies
The Middle Colonies were diverse, tolerant, and cosmopolitan.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2338, Success in America
The chance to improve one's lot in life is fundamental to the American experience.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2337, Work in colonial America
In colonial America you had to work hard to survive.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2336, The land of opportunity
How America became the land of opportunity
60-Second Civics: Episode 2335, The labor shortage in colonial America
In colonial America land was cheap, but labor was scarce.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2334, Corporate and proprietary charters
The English Crown tried many methods to lure colonists to America, but eventually the colonists were considered to be too independent.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2333, The Mayflower Compact
The Mayflower was a long way off course. But what they agreed to do would make history.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2332, Royal proprietorships and joint-stock companies
Eleven of the 13 colonies were royal proprietorships.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2331, British settlers needed
Britain used royal proprietorships and joint-stock companies to entice settlers to settle America.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2330, British origins of American constitutionalism, Part 21:The English Bill of Rights
The English Bill of Rights expressed two important principles that influenced American constitutionalism.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2329, British origins of American constitutionalism, Part 20: Parliament's power grows
Parliament's power grew in the 17th century, and struggles for power led to the English Bill of Rights of 1689.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2328, British origins of American constitutionalism, Part 19: Habeas Corpus Act of 1679
Today we learn about one of the most important limits on governmental power.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2327, British origins of American constitutionalism, Part 18: Petition of right of 1628
With the Restoration, the right to habeas corpus gained new authority.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2326, British origins of American constitutionalism, Part 17: Struggles for power
In the 17th century, the Crown and Parliament squabbled over money, religion, and foreign policy.