To what extent is America still true to its founding principles today? 1. Introduction
As the USA has been the one of the most powerful and influential countries for the last century, it’s important to understand dynamics, the ideology and principles of the country. Given the fact that the current face of the USA has been shaping by history, in this essay we’ll follow a historical approach of the American principles, starting with the birth of America until the XXI century. We are going to see how some of the values claimed by the American Constitution and the early principles have partially been abandoned and how some of the other values and principles have been expanded throughout the years. What are the founding principles of the USA? How can these principles be interpreted today? Let’s clear up these two questions in two components. First, we’re going to study the American founding principles, listed in the Constitution of 1787 and the following years as the USA expanded and secondly, the interpretation of these principles within the vast challenges of our time such as economy, education, or religion. 2. The American founding principles throughout its history The foundation of the USA began as a colonial period of the American territory governed by European colonies. In 1776 The Thirteen Colonies adopted The Declaration of Independence. They were no longer a part of the British Empire but independent States. Each of The Thirteen Colonies that made up the United States developed its own system of self-government and this point is very important in order to understand the future division of the country by states. The constitution of the USA was signed and adopted in 1787. This document would lay the foundations of the country. The purpose that is written in the Preamble of the Constitution was to “Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to...
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