American Portraits

We are not Afraid and We Shall Overcome: The Freedom Rides and Courage

In this lesson, students will consider the courage of Freedom Riders in the early days of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, and how they themselves can act courageously for equality in their own lives.

Founding Principles

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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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Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.

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Private Virtue

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

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