Founders and the Constitution

James Otis (1725-1783)

Clock One 45-minute class period.

In this lesson, students will study the life of James Otis. They will learn about the concept of inalienable or natural rights, his opinion on slavery, his contributions to the Revolutionary period, and much more.

Founding Principles

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Civil Discourse

Reasoned and respectful sharing of ideas between individuals is the primary way people influence change in society/government, and is essential to maintain self-government.

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Inalienable / Natural Rights

Freedoms which belong to us by nature and can only be justly taken away through due process.

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Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.

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