Founders and the Constitution

Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

Clock One 45-minute class period

In this lesson, students will study the life of Patrick Henry. They will learn about why he is often called “The Orator of Liberty”, and his opposition to the Constitution. They will also analyze his speaking style.

Founding Principles

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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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Freedom of Religion

The freedom to exercise one's own religious beliefs without interference from the government is essential to the existence of a free society.

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Liberty

Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.

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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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