Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, The Founding Fathers: An Age of Realism)
Chapter 1, The Founding Fathers: An Age of Realism
The Founders of the Constitution were a group of men who desired to establish a form of government that allowed for personal freedom while protecting the interests of an entire nation. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the philosophies and events that affected the thinking of the Founders of the United States Constitution.
1. As a class, discuss the history behind the formation of the United States. Why were the new Americans attempting to break off their association from Great Britain? What did they stand to gain and lose by doing so? What general ideals did the Founders describe in the making of the Constitution?
2. Divide students into groups of three or four to discuss how the contrast between the social class of the Founders and the average American affected the development of the Constitution. Why...
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