Ch 17: Origin of Self-Government

About This Chapter

The text and video lessons in this chapter are about the origins of self-government. Here, we examine the history and influences of the founding fathers and others.

Origin of Self-Government - Chapter Summary

Our subject-matter experts present these lessons on the origins of self-government. Students can explore the political theories and competing views of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, the history of William Penn, and more, including:

  • Ideas and accomplishments of Baron De Montesquieu
  • Biography and facts about Thomas Hooker
  • Influence of William Blackstone in colonial America
  • Contributions of the founding fathers on civic virtue

Each of these lessons comes with a short quiz to test understanding of the material covered. It is easy for your students to log in from any location with a mobile device and spend a few minutes completing the next lesson. Progress is tracked using the dashboard provided.

6 Lessons in Chapter 17: Origin of Self-Government
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Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts

1. Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts

In this lesson we will learn who Baron de Montesquieu was. Together, we will take a closer look at his history, his personal life and his legacy. We will analyze his works and the impact they have made on legal philosophy and modern-day constitutional law.

Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

2. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.

Thomas Hooker: Biography & Facts

3. Thomas Hooker: Biography & Facts

Thomas Hooker, a Cambridge-educated Puritan minister from a prominent English family, migrated to America and became known as the 'Father of Connecticut.' Learn how Hooker's religious beliefs and political clout might have had an impact on the U.S. Constitution.

William Penn: History, Facts & Biography

4. William Penn: History, Facts & Biography

Meet William Penn, the founder of the Pennsylvania Colony and a leader in the Quaker religion. Discover how the young man from a prestigious family became an important figure in the New World.

William Blackstone: Biography & Influence in Colonial America

5. William Blackstone: Biography & Influence in Colonial America

The law may seem difficult to understand at times, but that's nothing compared to how inaccessible it was before William Blackstone. In this lesson we'll explore the life and legacy of this jurist, judge, and politician.

Civic Virtue: Definition & Contributions of the Founding Fathers

6. Civic Virtue: Definition & Contributions of the Founding Fathers

When the American colonists developed the radical idea to declare independence, they had already put a lot of thought into that decision. In this lesson, we'll discuss one of the key concepts they relied on and see how it impacted their lives.

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