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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