influences on the founding of the united states of america worksheet

Influences on the Founding of the United States of America

Complete each section of the matrix below. Include APA citations for all unoriginal ideas, facts, or definitions.

Documents

In 100-250 words, provide a brief summary of each document, and discuss each document’s significance or influence on the values of the American political culture or the ideas for the structure and organization of the U.S. Federal Government.

Magna Carta

Mayflower Compact

Declaration of Independence

Articles of Confederation

The Virginia Plan

The New Jersey Plan

The Connecticut Plan

The U.S. Constitution

The Bill of Rights

Philosophers

In 100-250 words, provide a brief summary of who each philosopher was, and discuss how each philosopher’s writings and ideas influenced the founding fathers as they developed the values of American political culture and the nature and structure of the U.S. system of government.

Thomas Hobbes

John Locke

Montesquieu

Selected Founders

In 100-250 words, provide a brief summary of who each founding father was, and discuss the role of each person in the establishment of the United States of America and its system of government.

Benjamin Franklin

Alexander Hamilton

George Washington

Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

John Adams

Political Factions

In 100-250 words, provide a brief explanation of each of these factions, and discuss how each viewed the power and scope of the U.S. Federal government.

Federalists

Anti-Federalists

Types of Democracy

In 100-250 words, discuss the characteristics and principles of each type of government, and describe how (if at all) those principles are used in the structure of the U.S. system of government.

Representative Democracy

Direct Democracy

Concepts

In 100-250 words, describe how each of these concepts exists in the organization of the U.S. federal government, and discuss why this concept is important in a representative democracy.

Separation of Powers

Checks and Balances

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