Influences on the Founding of the United States of America

Part 1 Matrix:

Complete each section of the matrix below. Include APA citations for all borrowed ideas, facts, or definitions.

Documents Summary of Document What was this document’s significance or influence on the values of the American political culture or the ideas for the structure and organization of the U.S. Federal Government?
Magna Carta    
Mayflower Compact    
Declaration of Independence    
Articles of Confederation    
The Virginia Plan    
The New Jersey Plan    
The Connecticut Plan    
The U.S. Constitution    
The Bill of Rights    
Philosophers Who was this? How did each philosopher’s writings and ideas influence the Founders when developing the ideas and values of the American political culture and the nature and structure of the U.S. system of government?
Thomas Hobbes    
John Locke    


Selected Founders Who was this? What role did this Founder play in the establishment of the United States of America and its system of government?
Benjamin Franklin    
Alexander Hamilton    
George Washington    
Thomas Jefferson    
James Madison    
John Adams    
Political Factions What were each of these factions? What were each factions ideas on the power and scope of the U.S. Federal government?
Concepts How is this concept manifest in the organization of the U.S. federal government? Why is this concept important in a representative democracy?
Separation of Powers    
Checks and Balances    

Part 2 Essay:

Write a 250- to 350-word response below to the following:

Define the terms “direct democracy” and “representative democracy.” Why is the government of the United States of America considered a republic in the context of a “constitutional democracy”?

Include APA citations for all borrowed ideas, facts, or definitions.

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