Foundations of American Government

  • Jonh Gay

    John Gay was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera, a ballad opera.
  • Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

    Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. was one of the few Americans who served as governor in both a pre-Revolutionary colony and a post-Revolutionary state
  • Jonh Witherspoon

    John Knox Witherspoon was a Scots Presbyterian minister and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey.
  • Jonh Hancock

    John Hancock was a merchant, smuggler, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Charles Carroll

    Charles Carroll III to distinguish him from his similarly named relatives, was a wealthy Maryland planter and an early advocate of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • Benjamin Rush

    Benjamin Rush was a Founding Father of the United States
  • John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg

    John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg was an American clergyman, Continental Army soldier during the American Revolutionary War
  • Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence,written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Second Continental Congress states the reasons the British colonies of North America sought independence in July of 1776.
  • Fifth Amendment

    "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public dange
  • Bill of Rights

    The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.
  • "In God We Trust"

    In God We Trust" was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782.
  • Egalitarianism

    Egalitarian doctrines maintain that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  • Individualism

    A social theory favoring freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control.
  • Populism

    At its root, populism is a belief in the power of regular people, and in their right to have control over their government rather than a small group of political insiders or a wealthy elite.
  • eminent domain

    The right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.
  • pluribus unum

    Out of many, one (the motto of the US).