Founders and the Constitution

John Jay (1745-1829)

Clock One 45-minute class period.

In this lesson, students will study the life of John Jay. They will learn about the significance of Jay’s Treaty, Jay’s efforts to abolish slavery on a state and national level, his political roles during and after the Revolutionary period, 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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