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 Witherspoon. They will learn about the significance of Article VI, section 3 of the Constitution, the concept of a "religious test" for public office, and much more.
Handout A: John Witherspoon (1723–1794)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: John Witherspoon on the Clergy in Politics
Handout D: Discussion Questions
Thematic Essays
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions
Answer Key
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