The Constitutional Convention Activity: Bundle of Compromises eLesson
The Constitutional Convention Activity: Bundle of Compromises eLesson During the “critical period” after the American Revolution, many were concerned for the future of the country they had just created. The Articles of Confederation, the original governing document for the country, was inadequate for the states to grow commercially and economically. The Confederation Congress announced a Read more…Read More
The Significance of Federalist No. 1 eLesson
The Significance of Federalist No. 1 eLesson Summary: Taken at face value, Federalist No. 1 serves as an introduction to The Federalist Papers. But, to reduce it to merely an introduction trivializes its importance. It is not simply an introduction, but rather an unprecedented appeal to the people of the United States to abolish the Read more…Read More
Horace Greeley and the Necessity of a Free Press
Horace Greeley and the Necessity of a Free Press A free society relies upon the freedom of the press to facilitate open dialogue and a transparent government. This principle was the driving force behind Horace Greeley’s career. A newspaper founder, editor, an outspoken reformer and unique politician, Greeley understood the necessity of a free press. Read more…Read More
Would you have been a Federalist or an Anti-Federalist?
Would you have been a Federalist or an Anti-Federalist? Over the next few months we will explore through a series of eLessons the debate over ratification of the United States Constitution as discussed in the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers. We look forward to exploring this important debate with you! One of the great debates in Read more…Read More
John Adams: Champion of Justice
John Adams: Champion of Justice The second president of the United States, John Adams, was committed to justice. John Adam’s life and work are the embodiment of this virtue. As a young man Adams was educated at Harvard and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar. As relations became strained with Great Britain, Adams aligned himself Read more…Read More
Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth of July?
Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth of July? On July 4, 2014, the United States will celebrate its 238th birthday. John Adams wrote in the momentous year of 1776 that the signing of the Declaration, “…ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end Read more…Read More
Supreme Court Round-Up 2013-2014 eLesson
Supreme Court Round-Up 2013-2014 eLesson Our annual Supreme Court Round-Up eLesson is here! Students will research three cases from the 2013-2014 year and report on their findings. Download the student guide and answer key. Have students choose three Supreme Court cases from 2013-2014. For each case should research and report the following information: When was Read more…Read More
Preserving the Bill of Rights – Property Unit eLesson
Preserving the Bill of Rights – Property Unit eLesson While most people think of property as land or a dwelling, the term has much more constitutional significance and touches almost every aspect of citizens’ lives. The Founders, influenced by English philosopher John Locke, believed property rights in one’s body and person to be the root Read more…Read More
Scholarship Contest Winners Announced!
Scholarship Contest Winners Announced! We’ve recently completed our 2013-2014 We The Students Scholarship Contest and are excited to share the results. The contest ran from September to December 2013 and we received over 1,500 entries from students across the country. Many of the entries we received were of high quality, and it was a difficult Read more…Read More
D.C. Based Student Summer Program – Now Accepting Applications!
D.C. Based Student Summer Program – Now Accepting Applications! Do you know a student who is ready to make a difference? Can you see them on Capitol Hill or in local government? Are they interested in defending the Constitution and their rights as Americans? Most of all – do they want to make a difference Read more…Read More