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 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.
Handout A: James Madison (1751-1836)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: James Madison on the Problem of Faction
Thematic Essays
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions
Answer Key 
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