Founders and the Constitution

James Madison (1751-1836)

Clock One 45-minute class period.

In this lesson, students will study the life of James Madison. They will learn about why he is called, “The Father of the Constitution”, his views on the Bill of Rights, his remedy for the problem of factions in a democratic republic, and much more.

Founding Principles

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Civil Discourse

Reasoned and respectful sharing of ideas between individuals is the primary way people influence change in society/government, and is essential to maintain self-government.

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Federalism

The people delegate certain powers to the national government, while the states retain other powers; and the people, who authorize the states and national government, retain all freedoms not delegated to the governing bodies.

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Limited Government

Citizens are best able to pursue happiness when government is confined to those powers which protect their life, liberty, and property.

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Representative / Republican Government

Form of government in which the people are sovereign (the ultimate source of power) and authorize representatives to make and carry out laws.

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