Class Notes (809,120)
United States (313,460)
CAS PO 111 (43)


2 Pages
Unlock Document

Boston University
Political Science
CAS PO 111
Graham Wilson

September 5, 13 John Winthrop: City on a Hill Address • American is not just a country but a city on a hill observed by all and is a way of life/example to others • “you better watch out because God is going to get you if you don’t act right.” Also used by Reagan What makes us americans? • We are all from different religions and ethnic backgrounds o Rights – freedom of religion and press, democracy, equality o Democracy – foreigners surprised by extent which Americans stick to elections such as sheriffs, state judges. Americans are asked to vote in more elections than in any other democracy. In 1830s it was known as a hyper democratic country o Equality – no aristocracy, no titles or nobility Where did they get this from? • British heritage (King Charles tried to rule without parliament and was beheaded) and then magnified by colonial practice and revolution bc the colonies were used to a high degree of self government • Failure of socialism – never had a social gov, even though nearly every other democratic country has had one, so we retained rights of individul citizens. Why did socialism not succeed? Some argue that US has always been more affluent than others so living standards were higher, life was better so there was less of a desire to take from rich. Others argue that socialism means
More Less

Related notes for CAS PO 111

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.