April 24, 2020 7 minutes to read · 1700 words

The State of Civility in American Jurisprudence

By Jena L. Maxwell

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Civility: Where Were We, Where Are We Now?

ci·vil·i·ty /səˈvilədē/- noun - formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.

Our nation was founded on the principles of civility. These concepts were fundamental in guiding the founding father’s development of these United States. As a young schoolboy in Virginia, George Washington took his first steps toward greatness by copying out by hand a list of 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” These were the precepts that shaped our first president in war and in peace.1

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