Heroes and Villains

“Boss” Tweed and Avarice

Students will explore the vice of greed in civil society in this lesson on civic virtue.  Students will examine “Boss” Tweed and his corrupt New York political machine, how the vice of greed affected politics and civil society, through a historical narrative, discussion guide, and contemporary political cartoons by Thomas Nast. Students will also analyze vice by examining its opposite with contribution and philanthropy.

Founding Principles

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Civic Virtue

A set of actions and habits necessary for the safe, effective, and mutually beneficial participation in a society.

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Private Virtue

The idea that only a knowledgeable and virtuous citizenry can sustain liberty.

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