We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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Lesson 5 Purpose
This lesson describes how basic ideas of constitutional government were developed and used in the American colonies before independence from Britain. It explains how social and economic conditions in America sometimes required old ideas about government to be adapted or discarded. Occasionally the colonists needed to create entirely new institutions.

When you have finished this lesson, you should be able to describe the early development of America's traditions of constitutional government. You also should be able to explain why the American colonists attached special importance to such constitutional principles as written guarantees of basic rights and representative government. Finally, you should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on the differences between life in colonial America and in England during the same period, the relationship between natural rights theory and slavery in America, and how natural rights philosophy and history help to explain the colonists' views of the proper role of government. Audio ]
Lesson 5      What Basic Ideas about Rights and Constitutional Government Did Colonial Americans Hold?
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