Constitutionalism Big Idea: Independence
2009 10 Constitutionalism & Absolutism (Slideshare)
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Presentation for Greg Lehr's World History class over Constitutionalism and Absolutism.
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- 1. Constitutionalism Big Idea: Independence
- Thomas Rainsborough: Every man that is to live under a
government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that
- How does this quote apply to what happened in England?
- Does this quote apply to the United States? How?
- Explain your answer by providing specific examples.
- 2) The events that occurred in England had a huge impact on the
- Why does America have to thank England when it comes to our
- If you had the power to change one thing about our government,
what would it be?
- provide SPECIFIC EXAMPLES!!
- 3) England and France were different as far as government
- Compare and contrast the government in France to the government
in England during this time period.
- How did the government in each country during that time affect
- 4) Russia had a few different rulers that could be considered
- Why could each ruler be considered absolute? Give specific
facts for each ruler.
- What is the relationship between an absolute ruler and the
people they rule? Why?
- 5) The Big Idea for this unit is Independence.
- How does the term Independence fit both Constitutionalism and
- If you could give this unit another big idea, what would you
- Be specific and provide evidence to explain your answer.
- Powers of govt should be distributed according to a
- Govt should have limitations
- Doesnt have to be written
- 8. QuickWrite
- You have five minutes to write about:
- B. Great Britains government
- A govt with an inherited throne (not absolute) What?
- Great Britains Parliament
- Up until this time (1500s) Parliament had little say in the
- Compare Britains govt then & now
- C. English Civil War (1642)
- 1) James & Charles absolute monarchy caused conflict
- 2) Both Kings dissolved Parliament
- 3) Both Kings requested too much money
- 4) Charles I marries a Catholic princess
- 5) Parliament thinks James and Charles are trying to turn the
- - Causes of the English Civil War - Causes of the American
Yea!! We win!!
- D. Results of the Civil War
- Charles I beheaded (No more monarchy)
- England wrote a constitution & became a commonwealth
(republic) Look it up!
- Oliver Cromwell tears up the constitution & becomes Lord
Protector and dismisses anyone in Parliament who disagrees with him
- No theaters, taverns, gambling, lewd dancing
- How do you think the people felt? Why?
- Cromwell died and Monarchy is brought back (Restoration)
- Wrote the first constitution in Europe
- Can you justify this? Is this OK?
- King brought back (Charles II)
Im Happycant you tell
- If youre accused of a crime, you had the right to appear before
a judge ( today )
- Charles reopened theaters, bubonic plague came back and the
London fire (Parliament had most of the power)
- James II succeeded Charles
- James wanted to be absolute (didnt work)
- William and Mary became King & Queen
- They understood their power was limited
- F. Glorious Revolution (1688)
- Bloodless overthrow of the King
- G. English Bill of Rights
- William and Mary had to sign it before they became King &
William and Mary English Bill of Rights
- England became a Constitutional Monarchy (What?)
- H. Bill of Rights ( Constitution Compare )
- NO suspending Parliaments laws
- NO collecting taxes without Parliament's consent
- NO interfering with freedom of speech of Parliament
- NO penalty for a citizen who petitions the King with a
- 26. Absolutism
- A form of govt in which all power is held by a single
- 28. Absolute Centers
- Compare Britain and France during this time (Government,
- Create a French timeline over Louis XIIIs & Louis XIVs rule
(words, pictures, you pick)
- Show absolutism (use the resources available)
- Create a Business Card for each person: Louis XIV, Louis XIII,
Cardinal Richelieu & Oliver Cromwell
- Create an analogy for absolutism and constitutionalism
- An absolute leader has taken over Newton High School. How do
you deal with this? No violence allowed. Come up with a