Thursday, March 4, 2010

Happy Birthday America!

No, it's not the fourth of July, it's March 4. This is actually America's birthday. How many of us know this? I learned this from listening to Stephen Pratt at I heartily recommend his site and DVDS. I have learned so much about history and government from his site.

According to

"On September 17, 1787, the Constitution was completed, followed by a speech given by Benjamin Franklin, who urged unanimity, although the Convention decided that only nine states were needed to ratify. The Convention submitted the Constitution to the Congress of the Confederation, where it received approval according to Article 13 of the Articles of Confederation. Once the Congress of the Confederation received word of New Hampshire's ratification, it set a timetable for the start of operations under the new Constitution, and on March 4, 1789, the government began operations."

This new government was a republic of republics, a confederation of state republics. Despite popular belief, it is not a democracy. That's one thing I learned not from my high school AP government class, but from my own studies as a homeschooling mom in my "you, not them" studies. I recently had a HUGE AHA! moment relating to my study of Montesquieu and republics. I will be writing some time soon about that. Stay tuned!

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