Unit 1: Intro and Constitution
The founding of the United States of America is considered, by most historians, to be an unlikely success story. Questions we will think about throughout this unit (and the year) include: How did this rural, backwater land successfully break free from the most powerful nation in the world (Great Britain), and, against all odds, successfully establish a democratic government? What are the values that the United States are based upon, and how do we see them in our founding documents? Have we upheld those values throughout our history? How has the Constitution, written over 200 years ago for a new rural nation, stayed relevant? How has the content of the Constitution continued to be redefined over time?
50 Years of Electoral College Maps: How the US Turned Red and Blue
NY Times (8/22/16)
Is Our Constitution Out of Date?
The Founding Fathers vs. The Tea Party
New York Times (9/23/10)