HIS 303 Week 1 DQ1
English Politics and Political Traditions
Americans often imagine that their political institutions and principles are unique and unheralded; yet, many of them might be traced back to the heritage of England at the time the colonies were first formed, and over the course of the colonial period as English political institutions evolved. Identify the ways that English politics and political traditions influenced the political and legal institutions of colonial America. What aspects of the English political heritage did the colonists claim for themselves? How did English institutions and principles evolve in the colonies? How and why had English and American conceptions of their shared political heritage diverged so sharply by the middle of the 1700s? What constitutional disagreements brought about the American Revolution? In responding to the above questions, draw from the material in one of the following videos:
- In the beginning
- Larry Kramer: American legal history: Colonial era to 1800
- Liberty! Episode 1 – The reluctant revolutionaries (1763-1774)
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7 in at least 100 words. Identify important points they may have missed that either support or challenge their interpretation. Explain how their views have made you rethink your own conclusions or offer perspectives that might help them regard the topic in a different way. Feel free to ask probing questions of your classmates; but, if you do, offer your own interpretation. That is, don’t just respond, “What do you think of X, Y, and Z?” Instead, respond, “What do you think of X? I think W because of V, U, and T. On the other hand some might point to S and R.” In short, the ideal response would involve you encouraging a classmate to see things from a new perspective as you clarify and develop your own thoughts as well.