Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words, introduces students to twenty-four individuals who had a direct impact on the founding of our constitutional government. Students will explore the lives and ideas of the Founders, analyze their writings, and appreciate each Founder’s role in shaping our government.




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Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Charles Carroll of Carrolton. Students will learn about his role as a leader during the revolution, his championing of religious tolerance, and much more.
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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Benjamin Franklin. Students will learn about Franklin's contributions to his community and country, analyze the Albany plan, analyze Franklin's efforts oppose slavery, and much more.
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Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814)

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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.
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Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Patrick Henry. They will lean about why he is often called "The Orator of Liberty", his opposition to the Constitution, analyze his speaking style, and much more
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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Thomas Jefferson. Students will learn about his efforts to protect individual rights and human liberty, his views on the founding, his apparent contradictions between his words, and his actions and much more.
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Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Richard Henry Lee. They will learn about his views on the slave trade and slavery, his role as a leader of the American opposition to British Tyranny, his opposition to the Constitution, and much more
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James Madison (1751-1836)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of James Madison. They will learn about why he is called, "The Father of the Constitution", his views on the Bill of Rights, his remedy for the problem of factions in a democratic republic, and much more.
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George Mason (1725-1792)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of George Mason. They will learn about Mason's views on the rights, his objections to the Constitution, his devotion to personal liberty and states' rights, and much more.
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Robert Morris (1734-1806)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Robert Morris. They will learn about his role as a leader of the American opposition to British tyranny, in stabilizing the finances of the United states, his support of the Constitution and much more.
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Charles Pinckney (1757-1824)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Charles Pinckney. They will learn about his contributions to the founding, his views on the Articles of Confederation, his role at the convention, and much more.
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Roger Sherman (1721-1793)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Roger Sherman. Students will learn about his contributions to public service, his views on the proper division of power between state and national government, his view on the role of government, and much more.
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John Witherspoon (1723-1794)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of John Witherspoon. They will learn about the significance of Article VI, section 3 of the Constitution, the concept of a "religious test" for public office, and much more.
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John Adams (1735-1826)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of John Adams. Students will learn about his Role in the American Revolution, in the shaping of the Constitution, his reasons for and objections to the Alien and Sedition Acts, and much more.
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Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Samuel Adams. They will learn about his role as a leader in the American opposition to British tyranny, hopes for a new American government, methods of persuasion for the Revolutionary cause, and much more.
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John Dickinson (1732-1808)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of John Dickinson. They will learn about why he did not sign the Declaration of Independence, his opinions on government, the purpose of the colonists' objection to the Townshend Acts, and much more.
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Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Alexander Hamilton. Students will learn about his reasoning in support of a single and powerful executive leader, role at the Constitutional Convention, the role he played in shaping the government of the United States, and much more.
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John Hancock (1737-1793)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of John Hancock. They will learn about the ways he worked to support the Revolutionary cause, his partnership with Samuel Adams in resisting British tyranny, the effectiveness of his rhetoric, and much more.
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John Jay (1745-1829)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of John Jay. They will learn about the significance of Jay's Treaty, his efforts to abolish slavery on a state and national level, his political roles during and after the Revolutionary period, and much more.
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Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Gouverneur Morris. They will learn about Gouverneur Morris's role in the Newburgh Conspiracy, his contributions and responsibilities at the Constitutional Convention, his view on the purposes of government, and much more.
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James Otis (1725-1783)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of James Otis. They will lean about the concept of inalienable rights, his opinion on slavery, his contributions to the Revolutionary period, and much more.
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Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of Thomas Paine. Students will learn about his arguments in Common Sense, The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason, and his contributions to the Revolutionary cause.
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Benjamin Rush (1745-1813)

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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.
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George Washington (1732-1799)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of George Washington. They will learn why he is known as "Father of His Country", his reasons for not seeking a third term as President, the purposes of his Farewell Address, and much more.
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James Wilson (1752-1798)

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In this lesson, students will study the life of James Wilson. They will learn about his contribution to the system of presidential elections, his concept of popular sovereignty, his views on punishment, and much more.
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