Founders and the Constitution

Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816)

Clock One 45-minute class period.

In this lesson, students will study the life of Gouverneur Morris. They will learn about Gouverneur Morris’s role in the Newburgh Conspiracy, his contributions and responsibilities at the Constitutional Convention, and his view on the purposes of government.

Founding Principles

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The people delegate certain powers to the national government, while the states retain other powers; and the people, who authorize the states and national government, retain all freedoms not delegated to the governing bodies.

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Limited Government

Citizens are best able to pursue happiness when government is confined to those powers which protect their life, liberty, and property.

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Representative / Republican Government

Form of government in which the people are sovereign (the ultimate source of power) and authorize representatives to make and carry out laws.

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