Last Semester, when I asked this question to students: “Where do your rights come from?“, none of these twenty first-century learners answered quite in the way the people of the eighteenth century would have. Here’s a podcast that explains why. Be sure to scroll down for some visuals that may help you understand the shift in our American understanding of where rights come from.

Here’s the first visual:

Eighteenth-Century conception of where "rights" came from: at the center is the family.

Eighteenth-Century conception of where “rights” came from: at the center is the family.

Here’s the second visual:

Family at the periphery

Twenty first-century perception of where are rights come from: at the center is our constitutional form of government.

So consider the implications that the podcast brought to light: especially in regards to colonial politics and the politics of empire. Armed with this knowledge, why was it so difficult for colonialists to gain the ear of London politicos?

 

Musical Intro by Sensual Escape, song written by Jamie Portal Luchini.

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