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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