The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What opinion did the Founders have about human nature?

The Founders believed that most men were evil, self-interested, and could not easily be changed. However, they believed even the most selfish and evil person deserved a chance to live his life with minimal interference from government institutions. They wanted all citizens to have a stake in the government but with limitations due to the greedy nature of man.

2. Why were the Founders attempting to break off their association with Great Britain?

The Founders were attempting to break off their association with Great Britain because they believed the monarchy was oppressing the natural liberties of the colonists. The Founders, members of the aristocracy, understood the need for a ruling body and a person to make the final call on all policies and laws. However, they thought that that person should also be accountable to the people, and in their experience, the monarchs were ruling in their own interests, not the interests of the people.

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