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ABOUT THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION During the BI-centennial year of The Constitution of the United States a number of books were written concerning the origin of that long-revered document One of these The Genius of the People alleged that after the many weeks of debate a committee sat to combine the many agreements into one formal document The chairman of the committee was John Rutledge of South Carolina He had served in an earlier time along with Ben Franklin and others at the Stamp Act Congress held in Albany New York This Committee of Detail was having trouble deciding just how to formalize the many items of discussion into one document that would satisfy one and all Rutledge proposed they model the new government they were forming into something along the lines of the Iroquois League of Nations which had been functioning as a democratic government for hundreds of years and which he had observed While there were many desirable as well as undesirable models from ancient and modern histories in Europe and what we know now as the Middle East only the Iroquois had a system that seemed to meet most of the demands espoused by the many parties to the debates The Genius of the People alleged that the Iroquois had a Constitution which began We the people to form a union That one sentence was enough to light a fire under me and cause me to do some deep research into ancient Iroquoian lore I never did find that one sentence backed up in what writings there are concerning the ancient Iroquois But I DID find sufficient data and evidence to convince me that the Iroquois most certainly did have a considerable influence on the drafting of our own Constitution and we present-day Americans owe them a very large debt At the time of the founding of the Iroquois League of Nations no written language existed we have only
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