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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Time for a Career Shift? Do What the Founders Did!

Time for a Career Shift? Do What the Founders Did! Many of the Founders were true Renaissance men, excelling at many different careers throughout their lives. Washington was a surveyor, soldier, and then farmer. Franklin was printer, scientist, and then philanthropist.  Wilson was a teacher, lawyer, and then politician. Have you thought about your next Read more…

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Snowden and the NSA eLesson

Snowden and the NSA A mere nine months ago no one knew the name Edward Snowden. Now not a week goes by without a news story related to his revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA). No doubt your class has already begun to ponder the implications of NSA information gathering and what it says Read more…

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John Adams- Blog Post

John Adams “There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” - 1772 Short, overweight, and quick-tongued, John Adams hardly fits the model of the typical Founder. But Adams’s contributions to American independence and the formation of Read more…

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Brown v. Board of Education (1954) eLesson

After the Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment was passed to grant citizenship to former slaves and protect them from civil rights violations in their home states. Public schools were relatively rare throughout the United States, but were often segregated by race where they existed. The same Congress that passed the Fourteenth Amendment created racially segregated Read more…

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