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What is the significance of the phrase "the pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence? Why does it read "We the people" in the preamble to the Constitution? What were the philosophies and social forces that made this country unique - that enabled it to become the first successfully self-governing republic?
Answer these questions and more with this insightful 12-lecture course, which explores the principles that guided the founding of the United States, the conditions that led to the break with Great Britain, and the creation of such founding documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. As the world's oldest democracy, the United States stands as the "test case" for those who regard self-government as inherently unstable, inherently self-destructive. Examining the founding documents, such as the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution, Professor Robinson considers the principles under which the United States evolved.
©2004 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2004 The Great Courses
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By Claus on 06-29-17

So much more than anticipated

A wonderful ride thru the birth of the USA.
What lies behind the constitution and how did it come about.
A convincing and engaging narration. Will look for more audibles by Prof. Daniel N. Robinson.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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By P S on 03-30-17

Beautiful and Flawless

As always just beautiful! Delivery is flawless. Mix of philosophy and some comparisons with present times was really informative.

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