Voices Of History by the Bill of Rights Institute

Heroes and Villains

Founders and the Constitution

In this lesson, students will study the life of Alexander Hamilton. Students will learn about his reasoning in support of a single and powerful executive leader, role at the Constitutional Convention, the role he played in shaping the government of the United States, and much more.
Handout A: Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: Alexander Hamilton on the Constitution
Handout D: Analysis: Alexander Hamilton and Federalist No. 70
Thematic Essays
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions
Answer Key
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