Learning Goal: I’m working on a global studies project and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”
Study the principles of government and complete the chart.
Checks and Balances – each branch of government may check the actions of the other branches
Federalism – a system of government in which the central government and the states share power
Individual Rights – a personal liberty and privilege guaranteed to U.S. citizens
Limited Government – all U.S. citizens, including government leaders, are required to obey the law
Popular Sovereignty – a government system in which the people rule, typically by voting to decide an issue
Republicanism – government based on the consent of the people that is executed by electing political representatives to represent the people
Separation of Powers – government is divided into multiple branches to limit the possibility of the abuse of power
Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence
Principle of Government
Relationship Between the Principle and the Text
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal…
…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…
…that to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men…
…deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed…
4. Describe three ways in which the ideas from the preamble of the Declaration of Independence are reflected in the U.S. Constitution.
5. Read the Bill of Rights. Create a small poster about one of the amendments. Your creative work must include the following:
• the amendment’s number
• the entire text of the amendment
• a photo, drawing, or verbal description of the amendment in action
• a description of how the amendment is important to Americans today