In this lesson, students will study the life of John Dickinson. They will learn about why he did not sign the Declaration of Independence, his opinions on government, the purpose of the colonists' objection to the Townshend Acts, and much more.
Handout A: John Dickinson (1732–1808)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: John Dickinson on the Townshend Acts
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions