American Portraits

Jeannette Rankin: Nothing Left but My Integrity

In this lesson, students will review and evaluate the actions of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to U.S. Congress, the only woman to vote in Congress to extend the franchise to women, and the only person to have voted against the declarations of war in both World Wars. They will use her story to help understand how to act with integrity in their own lives.

Founding Principles

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Civil Discourse

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.

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Equality

Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.

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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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