American Portraits

John Quincy Adams and His Struggle Against Slavery and the Gag Rule

By completing this lesson, students will understand how John Quincy Adams fought against the injustice of the gag rule in the House of Representatives and how they can fight for justice 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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Freedom of Speech

The freedom to express one's opinions without interference from the the government is critical to the maintenance of liberty within a free society.

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Majority Rule / Minority Rights

Laws may be made with the consent of the majority but only to the point where they do not infringe on the inalienable rights of the minority.

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