An Atrocious Debasement of Human Nature: Benjamin Franklin, the First Abolitionist Petitions, and Justice
In this lesson, students will evaluate Benjamin Franklin’s actions to abolish slavery in the early republic. They will also use Franklin’s example to think about how they can promote justice for themselves and others.
Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.
Inalienable / Natural Rights
Freedoms which belong to us by nature and can only be justly taken away through due process.
Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.