Movements & Nixon Administration Lectures:
Attached are 5 documents with HIPP being asked of each.
H – Historical Context
I – Intended Audience
P – Point of View
P – Purpose
Document Analysis: Period 3
Plan of a proposed Union of the Several Colonies of Massachusetts Bay, new Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pensil-vania, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina, for their mutual defence and security & for the extending the British settlements in North America.
That humble application be made for an act of the Parliament of Great Britain by virtue of which one General Government may be formed in America including all the said colonies within and under which government each colony may retain it present constitution except in the perticulars wherein a change may be directed by the said act as hereafter follows….
The Albany Plan of Union, 1754
Point of view:
Volumes have been written on the subject of the struggle between England and America. Men of all ranks have embarked in the controversy, from different motives, and with various designs; but all have been ineffectual, and the period of debate is closed. Arms as the last resource decide the contest; the appeal was the choice of the King, and the Continent has accepted the challenge.
Thomas Paine in Common Sense, 1776
Point of view:
My dear countrymen,
There is another late act of parliament, which appears to me to be unconstitutional, and as destructive to the liberty of these colonies, as that mentioned in my last letter; that is, the act for granting the duties on paper, glass, etc.
The parliament unquestionably possesses a legal authority to regulate the trade of Great Britain, and all her colonies. Such an authority is essential to the relation between a mother country and her colonies; and necessary for the common good of all….
I have looked over every statute relating to these colonies, from their first settlement to this time; and I find every one of them founded on this principle, till the stamp act administration. All before, are calculated to regulate trade, and preserve or promote a mutually beneficial intercourse between the several constituent parts of the empire; and though many of them imposed duties on trade, yet those duties were always imposed with design to restrain the commerce of one part, that was injurious to another, and thus to promote the general welfare… never did the british parliament, till the period above mentioned, think of imposing duties in America for the purpose of raising a revenue…
Letters from a farmer in Pennsylvania (1767 – 68)
Point of view:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The Constitution of the United States (1787)
Point of view:
The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed…
The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness…
It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another…
Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all… . Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases
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