American Portraits

Taking Responsibility: Ida B. Wells and the Anti-Lynching Campaign

In this lesson, students will learn about the anti-lynching campaign of Ida B. Wells and how she took her responsibility of teaching others about lynching seriously. They will also determine ways they can be responsible in their own lives.

Founding Principles

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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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Inalienable / Natural Rights

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

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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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