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 Elbridge Gerry. Students will learn about Gerry's role as a leader of the American opposition to British tyranny, his opposition to the Constitution, the tactic of gerrymandering, and much more.
Handout A: Elbridge Gerry (1744–1814)
Handout B: By His Own Hand: Elbridge Gerry and Gerrymandering
Thematic Essays 
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions
Answer Key
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