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 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.
Handout A: Gouverneur Morris (1752–1816)
Handout B: In His Own Words: Gouverneur Morris and the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution
Handout C: Preamble Cards
Thematic Essay
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions
Answer Key
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