Founders and the Constitution
James Madison (1751-1836)
One 45-minute class period.
In this lesson, students will study the life of James Madison. They will learn about why he is called, “The Father of the Constitution”, his views on the Bill of Rights, his remedy for the problem of factions in a democratic republic, and much more.
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.
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.
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.