1-2 America’s Founding Ideals

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Where in the Declaration of Independence can you find references to equality, rights, liberty, opportunity, and democracy?
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Statement of Human Rights
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Why is the Declaration of Independence an important document?
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Declared our independence from Great Britain
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Where did the founders like Thomas Jefferson get inspiration for the ideals in the Declaration of Independence?
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His head
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When was the Declaration of Independence written?
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1776
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Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
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Thomas Jefferson
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What was the goal of the Declaration of Independence?
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Explain to the world why Great Britain’s 13 American colonies were declaring themselves to be “free and independent states”
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How many men were on the committee for the Declaration of Independence?
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5
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Thomas Jefferson’s background before writing Declaration of Independence
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33 years old, young and inexperienced, but had training in law and political philosophy
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Ideal
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Principle or standard of perfection that we are always trying to achieve
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Self-evident
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Obvious
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Equality
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Ideal situation in which all people are treated the same way
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Equality in 1776
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All people are equal in “God’s eyes”
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Rights
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Powers or privileges granted to people either by an agreement among themselves or by law
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Rights in 1776
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Natural rights—rights for being born
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Liberty
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Freedom
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Liberty in 1776
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Meant different things to different people. Came to an agreement that slavery was the opposite of liberty.
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Opportunity
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Chance for people to pursue their hopes and dreams
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Opportunity in 1776
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Huge pull factor
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Democracy
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System of government founded on the simple principle that the power to rule comes from the consent of the governed.
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Democracy in 1776
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They had taken action on the idea in the past, but it was never officially the government. People protested it at first and there was a long debate about it.
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Monarchy
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Power is inherited by family members
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Dictatorship
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Power is seized by force
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Study the placards on this link https://docs.google.com/a/slyon.us/file/d/0B68TPbKA8Cpyd0tPazRTRW9TZGc/edit and study your notes that go along with them.
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