BONUS Session Frank has added a special session called Inaugurals- A Uniquely American Event, Purpose, Function and Evolution over time. January 13-before digging into the American Foundations, consider that there have been 55 Presidential inaugurals to date. What makes some standout, while others have faded from memory?
"The United States was founded on a set of beliefs and not, as were other nations, on a common ethnicity, language or religion. Since we are not a nation in any traditional sense of the term, in order to establish our nationhood, we have to reaffirm and reinforce periodically the values of the men who declared independence from Great Britain and framed the Constitution." - Gordon Wood, Constitutional Scholar Brown University.
If you've ever wondered why we need a government, what it should do, and what give it legitimacy; join us in exploring the philosophical and historical foundations behind the founding documents of the United States: The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution. Examine the road to independence, struggle with self-governance and each branch of the federal government.
This class is funded in part by a grant from the Burnsville Lion's Club.