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 Otis. They will lean about the concept of inalienable rights, his opinion on slavery, his contributions to the Revolutionary period, and much more.
Handout A: James Otis (1725–1783)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: James Otis on Natural Rights
Handout D: Analysis: James Otis and John Locke’s Theory of Natural Rights
Thematic Essay
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions
Answer Key
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