In this lesson, students will explore the vice of self-deception in this lesson on civic virtue. Students will examine John Brown deceived himself due to his self-righteousness that he could end slavery in the antebellum United States by freeing and arming slaves to launch a racial war in the South. Students will analyze a historical narrative, discussion guide, primary sources, and other activities to decide whether it is acceptable to break the law based upon one's view of a higher law. 
 
Self-Deception: John Brown and Self-Deception - Essay
Discussion Guide
Primary Source Activity
Self-Deception Graphic Organizer
Virtue In Action
Self-Deception Worksheet
Implementation Guide
Defining Civic Virtue
What Is Virtue? – Historical and Philosophical Context
What Is Virtue? – Defining the Term
Clarifying Civic Virtue
Identifying and Defining Civic Virtues
Teacher’s Notes for Launching Heroes & Villains
Heroes & Villains Curricular Planning
Primary Source Activity: Benjamin Franklin and Civic Virtue
Answer Key
 
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