In this lesson, students will study the life of Benjamin Rush. They will learn about his contributions to social reform in his community and country, his goals for education, and the roles he played during and after the Revolutionary period.
Handout A: Benjamin Rush (1745–1813)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: Benjamin Rush on Education
Handout D: Analysis: Contrasting Ideas of Education
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
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Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions