Personal Morals vs. Political Moves

Duration: 1 week (5 class periods)

Because he wrote that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence in 1776, should Thomas Jefferson be thought of as a hypocrite for owning slaves?

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Grade Level

High School

Type of Lesson

Document Analysis

Interdisciplinary Connections

This unit offers great interdisciplinary opportunities between History and English / Language Arts classes at the midde school level. Teachers of both subjects could collaborate to effectively teach reading & writing across the curriculum.

Author Info

R.J. Long
Quaker Valley Middle School
201 Graham Street
Sewickley, PA 15143