Founders and the Constitution
John Adams (1735-1826)
One 45-minute class period.
In this lesson, students will study the life of John Adams. Students will learn about his role in the American Revolution, in the shaping of the new nation, his role as president, and his reasons for and objections to the Alien and Sedition Acts.
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.
Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.
Citizens are best able to pursue happiness when government is confined to those powers which protect their life, liberty, and property.
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.