Documents of Freedom:
The Foundations of American Government – Justice for All – eLesson

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Summary of the Reading:

The American Founders believed that justice needed to be protected.  They wrote the Declaration of Independence to demonstrate to the British king and Parliament that this natural right was not being protected in the colonies.  When forming the United States, the Founders protected justice in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Over time, more groups of people like African Americans and women began to reap the benefits of the protections of justice.

Included in this unit:

  • A student background reading
  • Test your knowledge questions
  • The Foundations of American Justice activity with student handouts
  • Comparing Locke and Montesquieu activity with student handouts

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