Contrary to popular belief, America did not invent the concepts of political freedom or of divided, republican, and democratic government, and these concepts, as well as America's Constitution, were not primarily derived from English tradition or the British constitutional monarchy. A deeper look reveals ancient Rome as the primary legal and political influence on America's founding. After exploring ancient Roman influence on the English colonies (and Dutch colony, before New Amsterdam became New York) in the New World, the deeper Roman legal influences on English common law (and thus the colonies) will be examined throughout the whole of English history until the American Revolution, and then the progression of Roman republican thought from its rebirth in the Renaissance, beginning with Machiavelli, to its eventual triumph in America's founding, especially in the creation of the United States Constitution, will be discussed. In conclusion, it will be reasserted in this scholarly-researched pamphlet that, after tracing the strains of legal and political influence from ancient Rome to the founding of the republic of United States of America, Rome, indeed, deserves to be recognized as the primary legal and political influence on America's founding.
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About the Author
Brian Frydenborg grew up near New York City. He received his Master of Science in Peace Operations from George Mason University's School of Public Policy in 2011 and his Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from Washington and Lee University in 2004. He has studied abroad in Israel, the West Bank, Liberia, and Japan, interned in the United States Senate, and has written numerous papers on history, public policy, and international affairs. He is currently pursuing a career in international development / international affairs and lives in the Washington, DC., metropolitan area.