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 Thomas Jefferson. Students will learn about his efforts to protect individual rights and human liberty, his views on the founding, his apparent contradictions between his words, and his actions and much more.
Handout A: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: Thomas Jefferson on the Constitution
Handout D: Analysis: Thomas Jefferson on the Constitution
Thematic Essays
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
Additional Classroom Activities
Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions
Answer Key
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