|U.S. Government - How It Works Series|
| This six-part series is an ideal tool for introducing and exploring key aspects of U.S. government and public policy. Using a combination of eye-catching graphics, dynamic video footage, and interviews with legal and political scholars, each episode celebrates a particular dimension of American democracy while equipping students to candidly discuss political issues. While the complexities of the American political system have never been greater, the right visual aid can help students sift through them - and even develop a passion for the subject!|
|The Constitution and Foundations of Government|
| Why do written documents figure so prominently in the early history of the United States? There are plenty of explanations, but they all boil down to the philosophical ideas that drove the American colonies to declare their independence - and a profound awareness that those ideas should be inseparable from the rule of law. This programme explores the origins, outbreak, and outcome of the American Revolution, the major political texts which grew out of that struggle, and their ongoing significance today. Topics include the heavy British taxation that helped spark the Revolution; the spirit and structure of the Declaration of Independence; the short-lived Articles of Confederation; the drafting and ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; and their implications for U.S. government as we know it today.|
Section 1: Introduction
The programme begins by providing a brief overview of how the Constitution came to be written.
Section 2: Founding of the U.S. Government
This section touches on the roots of the Revolutionary War and some reasons for the colonists’ discontent, important battles, the Stamp Act, the Second Continental Congress, and the Declaration of Independence.
Section 3: The Philadelphia Convention
The important events of the Philadelphia Convention — the delegates’ assessment of the Articles of Confederacy, proposal of the Virginia Plan, and the creation of the Constitution — are discussed in this section.
Section 4: The Constitution
The seven articles of the Constitution are summarised and explained here.
Section 5: The Bill of Rights
The programme’s final section discusses how and why the Bill of Rights became part of the Constitution, summarising these and other key amendments.
After viewing the programme, students will understand:
· The reasons for the Revolutionary War
· The purpose and events of the First and Second Continental Congress, including the writing of the Declaration of Independence
· The purpose and events of the Philadelphia Convention
· The Articles of Confederation and the Virginia Plan, and how they led to the writing of the Constitution
· The structure and contents of the Constitution
· The Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution
|Running Time: 26 mins|
|Age Range: 14 years - Adult|
|Year of Production: 2010|
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