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Unit 2: The American Experiment

The American experiment in self-government seeks to answer whether or not we, "are capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice..." or whether we are, "forever destined to depend...on accident and force." Explore the philosophical foundations of the government of the United States and how these foundations shaped our government.

Philosophical Foundations

The principles of the Declaration of Independence and the design of the Constitution are rooted in a study of political theory and human nature. Examine the philosophical ideals that informed the design of the American government.

The Practical Experience of the Colonies

The colonies studied political theory but joined this knowledge with lessons learned through practical experience of self-government. These lessons explore these experiences and how they shaped the design of government in the future United States.

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence announced a new nation and outlined the principles upon which that nation would be rooted. These lessons explore the Declaration and the aspirational principles it declared.