Founders and the Constitution
Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814)
One 45-minute class period.
In this lesson, students will study the life of Elbridge Gerry. Students will learn about Gerry’s role as a leader of the American opposition to British tyranny, his opposition to the Constitution, the tactic of gerrymandering, and much more.
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.
Citizens are best able to pursue happiness when government is confined to those powers which protect their life, liberty, and property.