Founders and the Constitution

James Wilson (1742-1798)

Clock One 45-minute class period.

In this lesson, students will study the life of James Wilson. They will learn about his contribution to the system of presidential elections, the concept of popular sovereignty, and his views on punishment.

Founding Principles

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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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