Founders and the Constitution

Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

Clock One 45-minute class period.

In this lesson, students will study the life of Samuel Adams. They will learn about his role as a leader in the American opposition to British tyranny, his hopes for a new American government, and his methods of persuasion for the Revolutionary cause.

Founding Principles

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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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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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