The Founders were extremely concerned with protecting private property as a cornerstone of a free society. Property is not only physical possessions, but also ideas, works, and even what someone has been promised in wages. This lesson explores the idea of property, its origins and the reason it is protected.
Handout A: Property or Not?
Handout B: What is Property? Why Protect It? (Background Essay)
Handout C: James Madison and Property
Handout D: The Bill of Rights and Property
Primary Source Appendices
Founding Principles for ELL
Vocabulary Scaffolding for ELL