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Constituting Revolutionary Governments  

Between 1770 and 1790, New Englanders learned a lot about what they didn't want in a government, but finding a suitable form of government was not as easy. Across 3 meetings, this course will consider some of the earliest government frameworks through the US Constitution, to explore the evolving priorities and practicalities of governing and how they resulted in governments of different form and character. We will examine the first New Hampshire Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the national revolutionary governments and personal papers while placing them in the larger context of the British Empire and the American crisis to see how some of the modern arguments over the 'founding documents' were familiar to the founders as well. Required reading/text: Public domain materials: New Hampshire Constitution (1776); US Declaration of Independence; Articles of Confederation; US Constitution, and assorted correspondence.

 

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