American Portraits

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

In this lesson, 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, laced with details from expedition journals, and ask questions about identity, purpose, and motivation. Students will both evaluate the character of Lewis and Clark and understand how they can be diligent in their own lives.

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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