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POS 101–10: 09/23/2008

POS 101–10: 09/23/2008. Course Status: Website . Due Next Week 9/30: Presentation date/topic selection assignment. Paper assignment 1. Agenda: American economy in perspective - follow-up. We The People , Chap. 1, Chap. 2, Chap. 3.

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POS 101–10: 09/23/2008

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  1. POS 101–10: 09/23/2008 • Course Status: • Website. • Due Next Week 9/30: • Presentation date/topic selection assignment. • Paper assignment 1. • Agenda: • American economy in perspective - follow-up. • We The People, Chap. 1, Chap. 2, Chap. 3. • Video Clips: Origins American Revolution, Declaration of Independence. – Jefferson as founder. Katrina and Federalism. • Discussion Questions: • Global governance and the states (p. 87)? • Framers pleased by the current balance of power between state and national government (p. 101)?

  2. Presidential Debates: 1st this Friday Sept. 26th. • Commission on Presidential Debates. • University of Mississippi Debate website. US Economy in Perspective • Population. • 305 million Fall 2008. • US Census Bureau “Population Clock”. • US Population Growth to 2050 – 419 million. • Size of US Economy GDP/GNP. • 13.807 trillion. • BEA estimate. • Debt 9.007 trillion - Bureau of Public Debt. • Major foreign holders of US Treasury bonds.

  3. US Economy in Perspective 2005 GDP Per Capita

  4. Liberty, Equality and Democracy major themes at the founding. • Five sectors interests in colonial politics • New England merchants • Southern planters • Royalists • Shopkeepers, artisans, and laborers • Small farmers • Colonial elite able to hold more radical forces in check until… • Post-1750 British tax and trade policy split the elite. • British tax colonies partially for French and Indian wars and continuing protection. • Stamp Act effected merchants and planters who broke with Royalists. • Resistance to new taxes difficult to end political strife continued. • East India Company monopoly 1773-1774. • Boston Tea Party and British repression lead to the First Continental Congress. • Second Continental Congress – Declaration of Independence. • Principles an attempt to unify disparate interests.

  5. The First Founding Interests and Conflicts • British taxes and colonial interests • Political strife and the radicalizing of the colonists • Video Clip 1: Rebels and Redcoats. BBC/PBS - 2000. • Boston Massacre to battle at Lexington. • Question: What does clip say about “revolutionary” origins of the American republic? • The Declaration of Independence • Video Clip 2: Thomas Jefferson. PBS - 1996. • Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence. • Questions: Boorstin quote: “not stuck in the prison of dogma”, is that true? • Jefferson and slavery hypocrisy or pragmatism?

  6. Video Clip 3: Federalism and Katrina. • The Storm PBS Frontline. • What are examples of conflicts between local, state, and federal agencies? • Why was there a lack of coordination between different levels of government? • Is the interoperability debate an example of regulated federalism.

  7. Next Week (09/30/2008): • Due: Presentation date/topic and Paper Assignment 1 09/30/2008. • We The People Chapter 4: Civil Liberties. • Critical Analysis Questions p. 121, 125, 141.

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