American Portraits

My Allegiance is to this Union: Henry Clay, Political Compromise, and Integrity

In this lesson, students will learn about the life and work of Henry Clay. They will explore how his actions were guided by his integrity and helped to advance freedom. Through his example, they will learn how they can act with integrity in their own lives

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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Individual Responsibility

Individuals must take care of themselves and their families and be vigilant to preserve their liberty.

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Majority Rule / Minority Rights

Laws may be made with the consent of the majority but only to the point where they do not infringe on the inalienable rights of the minority.

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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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