Voices Of History by the Bill of Rights Institute

Heroes and Villains

Founders and the Constitution

A look at the virtue of Humility, defined as Remembering that one’s ignorance is far greater than one’s knowledge. Readily giving praise to those who earn it. This virtue is explored through the life of Thomas Jefferson.
Close-Reading Thomas Jefferson
Humility: Thomas Jefferson and the Rewards of Humility - Essay
Discussion Guide
Virtue in Action
Humility Worksheet
Implementation Guide
Defining Civic Virtue
What Is Virtue? – Historical and Philosophical Context
What Is Virtue? – Defining the Term
Clarifying Civic Virtue
Identifying and Defining Civic Virtues
Teacher’s Notes for Launching Heroes & Villains
Heroes & Villains Curricular Planning
Primary Source Activity: Benjamin Franklin and Civic Virtue
Answer Key
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