Government 11 – American Government & the Constitution, Part II

Now Available – PDF & Text

On the Making of America by Earl Taylor, Jr.

“I consider The Making of America a Great masterpiece. It is the “granddaddy” of all books on the United States Constitution. One has to briefly look at the Bibliography on pages 777-779 to appreciate the sources used. While I consider myself a serious student of the Constitution, to think of having to digest all the writings of the Founders, including the Federalist Papers, the Convention notes, and the ratification debates, and many other original sources, is mind-boggling. I am grateful to Dr. W. Clean Skousen, who for several decades painstakingly studied these books and carefully classified the Founders’ thinking into topics and sub-topics. The final product represents not only the thinking but also the very words of the Founders on every detail and idea in the Constitution, both large an small. It is the Founders who are explaining why they put each idea into the document and the meaning they wanted us to understand behind each idea.”

Once a student has this working knowledge of the Constitution and the principles behind it, then history can be taught from a whole different perspective. American History becomes a study of how the United States, throughout its 200 plus years, has either supported the principles of liberty and prospered or violated these principles and suffered. Sounds like the Book of Mormon scenario, doesn’t it? When the people followed the gospel they prospered, when they didn’t follow the gospel, they didn’t prosper. Can any other knowledge be more helpful to the rising generation in America today? America desperately needs better and stronger leaders. We need leaders who know correct answers and will step forward and make a positive difference in this world.

We, at Beehive, feel so strongly about our students really learning about the Constitution and the principles of liberty, that this course and American Government and the U.S. Constitution, Part I – The 5,000 Year Leap, are both REQUIRED for Graduation.

The Materials: American Government & the US Constitution, Part 2 is $49.95 from www.nccs.net. (The National Center for Constitutional Studies.)
The address is – https://nccs.net/collections/study-aids

This course contains:
•a text book (The Making of America)
•a curriculum guide
•suggested course requirements and grading standards
•teaching objective for each lesson
•reading assignments
•quizzes
•examinations
•lesson presentations on twelve DVD’s.

Course Format: 223 days with Weekly Rs(preferred); 187 days without Weekly Rs
• There are 47 Lessons.

Each lesson is comprised of
• a reading assignment,
• a lecture,
• a quiz and
• a current event report. (Kept in the Who’s Who Binders, which it is
presumed the student is keeping up-to-date.)
• There are twelve written reports. Each is to be comprised of
• 3 pages, typed, double-spaced
• the student’s discussion of the Founders’ original concept or meaning
• must include five short references sited – may all be from the text
• how the meaning or concept has changed and
• how the change strengthened or damaged the original concept.
• Subjects for the reports are listed at the appropriate places in the course
syllabus.
• There are five exams.
• The first four exams have to do with the course material in previous lessons.
• The fifth exam requires the student to fill-out the Chart of the Constitution.
This IS a rigorous course, but well-worth it. This course is part of that “Higher Education” of which we speak.

The Back Story – How the Book, The Making of America, Came to Be.

Ezra Taft Benson, once Secretary of Agriculture under President Eisenhower, and an Apostle and later President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, was well known for his patriotic stance. His writings, especially The Proper Role of Government, speak volumes about his concern that the country had forgotten and was drifting away from its roots.

This concern led then Elder Benson to ask W. Clean Skousen, a lawyer, former FBI agent and College professor to help alleviate the problem. Skousen began to study the Constitution and its history and was amazed at what he found. This study and his commitment to Elder Benson resulted in Skousen founding what is known today as the National Center for Constitutional Studies.

To quote Skousen:
“The National Center for Constitutional Studies was created in order to revive and popularize those original American concepts in all of their initial brilliance and vitality. The very fact that many of them are becoming obscure and misunderstood simply emphasizes the urgency and importance of the task.

“The study for The Making of America actually extended over a period of more than forty years, but an organized effort to present this information in a published text has been a concerted endeavor of the past fourteen years. …

“Very early in this study it became apparent that the greatly admired tapestry of the United States Constitution consisted of many more individual gold and silver threads than most scholars had identified. Altogether there are 286 of these threads in the Constitution and its amendments. Each one of these creates a right for some element of the American society. As each principle is set forth in the text, we have identified the right connected with it. We have also carefully examined each of these principles to determine why the Founders considered it to be of substantive importance. This made it necessary to glean from the voluminous writings of the Founders their particular concepts concerning each of these precepts.”

Thus, the request of Elder Benson to W. Cleon Skousen has resulted in this monumental work, as well as others, and a new awakening of America and Americans to their political roots. It is very much in line with the principles laid out in Section 134 of the Doctrine and Covenants, and also – very much facilitates our following the Lord’s direction to us in the Doctrine and
Covenants 98:5-7; 101:77-80; 109:54 to befriend the Constitution…”and (that it) should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles; That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.”

Truly, such a study of the Constitution as outlined below, is part of the responsibility of every Latter-day Saint in the U.S. and others elsewhere, if they wish to know and help preserve or introduce the principles in their societies which are “for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;” that all on planet earth may have liberty and be truly free.

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