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Property Rights in America

Property Rights in America provides teachers with a week of lesson plans to impart to students the ways property rights animate a free society. The Founders believed in property rights as the foundation of all other personal rights. James Madison wrote in Property (1792), “[A]s a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.” These resources will help students understand some of the rights that they perhaps take most for granted, but which form the foundation of so many other rights Americans enjoy and which are vital to liberty.

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Table of Contents

Lesson One: Why Do Property Rights Matter?……………………………………………………….1
Lesson Two: Property, the Bill of Rights, and the Supreme Court………………………………..7
Lesson Three: Intellectual Property…………………………………………………………………..13

 
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