The Constitution Of The United States

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The Constitution of the United States is seen by Western Democratic countries as a document that perfectly exemplifies the idea of a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” History has said that the framers of The Constitution were heavily influenced by the great thinkers of the Enlightenment era and the democratic philosophies that were exercised in Ancient Greece. However, history has buried the fact that the ideas that were most influential in The Constitution were not of European origin, rather they originated in the North American continent. The Great Law of Peace, was the constitution the Iroquois League developed and its primary notions were; freedom, democracy, and a confederation where one federal government controlled the states. Beyond the apparent similarities between The Great Law of Peace and The Constitution, there were many differences in terms of history, philosophy and application that set both constitutions apart.
To begin, the Iroquois League were established by Hiwatha and Deganwidah, leaders of the Mohawk tribe. The year in which the Iroquois League was established is debatable, however historians have estimated that it was established sometime between A.D. 1000 and 1450. The Iroquois League were composed of five principal nations; Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, Oneida and Cayuga. When the Iroquois League came together, they created The Great Law of Peace, a constitution that would oversee the five nations. The uniqueness of…
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