The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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* The Founders believe that most men are evil, self-interested, and cannot easily change.

* The Founders form the Constitution based on their observances of tyranny across the globe and in history.

* Despite being members of the aristocracy, the Founders have sympathy for the middle and working class.

* Hesitant to establish a new monarchy, the Founders want American citizens to have a partial stake in their government.

* The Founders draw on ancient political philosophers such as Aristotle and Cicero.

* The Founders design the Constitution so that institutions will be able to change according to the needs of the citizens.

* The Founders believe that markets can use private vices to produce public benefits.

* The Founders decide that power must be divided at the federal and state level.

* The Founders decide that legislature should be restricted to democratic inputs to avoid bias and corruption...

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