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
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions