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 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.
Handout A: John Adams (1735–1826)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: John Adams On The Eve Of Independence
Handout D: Discussion Guide
Thematic Essays
Transparency Master A – Independence Timeline
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions
Answer Key
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