In this lesson, students will explore the vice of greed in civil society in this lesson on civic virtue. Students will examine "Boss" Tweed and his corrupt NewYork political machine, how the vice of greed affected politics and civil society, through a historical narrative, discusssion guide, and contemporary political cartoons by Thomas Nast. Students will also analyze vice by examining its opposite with contribution and philanthropy.
 
Avarice: ""Boss"" Tweed and Avarice - Essay
Discussion Guide
The Tweed Ring in the Political Cartoons of Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly
Virtue in Action
Avarice Worksheet
Implementation Guide
Defining Civic Virtue
What Is Virtue? – Historical and Philosophical Context
What Is Virtue? – Defining the Term
Clarifying Civic Virtue
Identifying and Defining Civic Virtues
Teacher’s Notes for Launching Heroes & Villains
Heroes & Villains Curricular Planning
Primary Source Activity: Benjamin Franklin and Civic Virtue
Answer Key
 
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