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How The Iroquois Confederacy Helped Shape The New Law Of The Land Back

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Where did the United States of America get their influence on how to run a successful government? Could it be that the all the ideas of how the American government is ran today were all ideas brought from where ever the “Americans” came from? Very possible, but in a recent conversation with a peer who was helping me come up with a great topic for this research paper we came across the topic of how the Iroquois Confederacy helped shape the new law of the land back in the 1700s when the constitution was written in Independence Hall in Philadelphia (history.com). What is the Iroquois Confederacy? The Iroquois confederacy or the League of Iroquois are a band of several Native American tribes that are originally from the area that is now New…show more content…
After the door-keepers, the notion is given to the Oneida who then send it to the Cayuga and these two are the “Younger Brothers” (mpm.edu). Lastly, the Onondaga review the notion; they are known as the “fire-keepers” of the tribe. So after everyone and their chiefs review their soon to be law there is only one way of making it a law and that is with all six nations agreeing unanimously and if one chief is to say no, then it will not become a law for the Iroquois. (mpm.edu).
The New York Times stated in an article, “One of the main influences on the framers of the Constitution was the unwritten democratic constitution under which the Iroquois Confederacy had operated since the 16th century, according to a group of American Indians and scholars.” (nytimes). So what is the United States Constitution? “The U.S. Constitution established America’s national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. It was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, presided over by George Washington” (history.com). Also within the constitution, there is a system of checks and balances within the government. The idea of having three different branches of government and checks and balances is to ensure that not one single branch could have all power or abuse their power (history.com). The three branches of
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