American Portraits

Owen Lattimore and Integrity: A Very Interesting and Satisfying Life

In this lesson, students will review the actions of Owen Lattimore in challenging Joseph McCarthy in the 1950’s. Accused of being the “top Russian espionage agent in America” at the height of McCarthyism, Lattimore demonstrated his sense of integrity by fighting to clear his reputation and demanding a hearing before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. He boldly challenged lies that Senator Joseph McCarthy and others told about him.

Founding Principles

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Due Process

The government must interact with all citizens according to the duly-enacted laws; applying these rules equally among all citizens.

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Inalienable / Natural Rights

Freedoms which belong to us by nature and can only be justly taken away through due process.

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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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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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