American Portraits

Great Falls, Great Beauty, Great Difficulty: The Lewis and Clark Expedition and Diligence

With this narrative, questions, and related activities, teacher and students will explore the difficulties faced by the Lewis and Clark expedition as they faced the challenges of portaging around the unexpectedly vast Great Falls of the Missouri River. They will read and discuss the narrative and ask questions about identity, purpose, and motivation. Students will not only evaluate the character of Lewis and Clark but also use a chart to begin to transfer these understandings to their own lives and to synthesize these understandings into their own actions.

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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Private Virtue

The idea that only a knowledgeable and virtuous citizenry can sustain liberty.

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