American Portraits

Establishing a Government of Laws, Not Men: George Washington’s Retirement and Responsibility

In this lesson, students will review George Washington’s actions in completing his service as Commander in Chief following the Revolutionary War, including his return of his military commission to the president of Congress. They will achieve the following objectives.

Founding Principles

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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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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.

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