America’s past has been colored by characters of all types. The Bill of Rights Institute’s American Portraits Series takes a look at 139 of these characters and asks questions that are central to understanding their lives and actions. Each narrative is connected to a virtue, prompting students to explore the character of the primary actors of the stories. For a list of the virtues, check out our “Definitions of Virtue” page. For a text list of all lessons, view our “Narrative List” page. In studying these narratives, students will learn more about the past and, perhaps more importantly, more about themselves.