In this lesson, students will explore the vice of hubris or pride in a constitutional republic in this lesson on civic virtue. Students will examine the life of the heroic, but flawed, career of General Douglas MacArthur in World War II and the Korean War. Through a historical narrative, discussion guide, primary sources, and other activities, students will analyze whether MacArthur exhibited the vice of hubris and what effect it might have had on civil-military relations in a constitutional republic.
Activity: Mind Map of Hubris
Hubris: Douglas MacArthur and Hubris - Essay
Discussion Guide
General MacCarthur's Address to Congress, April 19, 1951
Virtue in Action
Hubris 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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