Topic: Government & Politics

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Protecting that Ball of Liberty: Comparing Jeffersonian and Wilsonian Views Of Democracy In the World

Students will compare the foreign policy of both Thomas Jefferson and Woodrow Wilson by completing a comparison chart. The chart requires students to recall background context, find examples...
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Your Reason for Treason

The actions of the revolutionaries could be considered treason against their British king. Which one of these grievances listed by the revolutionaries in the Declaration of Independence would...
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Revise and Finalize: The Declaration of Independence from the Rough Draft to the Final Copy

This lesson focuses on comparing Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence with the final copy. Examining the creation of the Declaration of Independence will deepen...
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Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington

This portrait of George Washington was painted in 1796 by Gilbert Stuart. Known as the Landsdowne portrait, it is one of the most famous images of the first...
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U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights

The first ten amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. Its first version, shown here, included twelve amendments, but the first two were dropped. When...
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Design for the Verso of the Great Seal of the United States

This image became the basis for the Great Seal of the United States. In 1782 Congress adopted the designed created by Charles Thomson, a government official. The bald...
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Statute for Religious Freedom (Audio)

This is a dramatic reading of Jefferson’s Bill for Religious Freedom which became a statute (law) in 1786. Along with writing the Declaration of Independence and founding the...
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"Bring your broom ’cause it’s a mess!"

During the election of 1800, significant amounts of mudslinging occurred between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, along with their supporters. We know of the accusation made about John...
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"Hey, I Didn’t Say That!"

When taken out of context, quotes can have an entirely different meaning from what was originally intended.
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"Hey, I Didn’t Say That!": Using Quotes in Context

When taken out of context, quotes can have an entirely different meaning from what was originally intended. What would be the consequences of taking a quote out of...