American Portraits

No Man Is Above the Law: Mark Felt, Watergate, and Responsibility

In this lesson, students will learn about Mark Felt and his role in the Watergate scandal. They will explore how Mark Felt lived up to the responsibility he believed he had to uphold the rule of law and analyze how they can better live up to responsibilities in their own lives.

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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Freedom of Speech

The freedom to express one's opinions without interference from the the government is critical to the maintenance of liberty within a free society.

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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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Liberty

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

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Rule of Law

Government and citizens all abide by the same laws regardless of political power. Those laws respect individual rights, are transparently enacted, are justly applied, and are stable.

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