The first real governing structures in Colonial America were the New England towns of the 17th century, and the nation owes many of its present ideas of local self-governance to these organizations. From the hallowed town meeting to the election of citizens to individual offices and boards, town government—in one form or another—spread south and west to several mid-Atlantic states and most of the Midwest, and many of the Constitutional ideals of an engaged, knowledgeable, and self-determining citizenry stem from the foundations of these early organizations. Today, local politics in the New England states is characterized by a mixture of competing philosophies, from libertarianism to socialism. This program looks at the evolution of these different viewpoints, and how they give rise to varying social structures.
Places and ActivitiesThis program is flexible and can be offered in 5, or 7-day itineraries.
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