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 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.
Handout A: James Wilson (1742–1798)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: James Wilson On Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Handout D: Analysis: James Wilson on Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Thematic Essays
Transparency Master A – Cruel and Unusual?
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions
Answer Key
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