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 Jay. They will learn about the significance of Jay's Treaty, his efforts to abolish slavery on a state and national level, his political roles during and after the Revolutionary period, and much more.
Handout A: John Jay (1745–1829)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: John Jay on Slavery
Handout D: Analysis: Founding Documents
Thematic Essay
Transparency Master A – Founding Documents
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions
Answer Key
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