Founders and the Constitution

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Clock One 45-minute class period.

In this lesson, students will study the life of Thomas Paine. Students will learn about his arguments in Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason as well as his contributions to the Revolutionary cause.

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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Equality

Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.

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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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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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