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The Case of Max Morris and Urban Renewal: Integrity in Washington, D.C.

45 min

Walk-In-The-Shoes Questions
As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.

  • What challenges are you facing?
  • What fears or concerns might you have?
  • What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?

Observation Questions

  • In what ways did Max Morris demonstrate integrity to seek to enhance life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for himself and others?
  • What did Max Morris understand his identity to be and how did that affect his contribution to his neighborhood?
  • What did Max Morris understand his purpose to be in the controversy related to the urban renewal plan for the southwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.

Discussion Questions
Discuss the following questions with your students.

  • What is the historical context of the narrative?
  • What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
  • How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
  • How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society?
  • How might exercise of the virtue benefit the protagonist?
  • What might the exercise of the virtue cost the protagonist?
  • Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
  • How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
  • Students will analyze Max Morris’s character as a businessman and community member.
  • Students will examine Morris’s demonstration of integrity and commitment to truth.
  • Students will understand why integrity is an essential virtue in their own lives.
  • Students will act with integrity even when they face a tough struggle.

Student Handouts