American Portraits

The American Success Story of Alexander Hamilton and Diligence

In this lesson, students will understand the importance of being diligent in their lives by examining the life of Alexander Hamilton. They will read a narrative about Hamilton and discuss the ways in which he remained diligent in different periods of his life. They will analyze Hamilton quotations to understand how he acted with diligence and how they can act with diligence in their own lives. Finally, students will create a plan about how to act diligently regarding a project, task, or situation in their own lives.

Founding Principles

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Civic Virtue

A set of actions and habits necessary for the safe, effective, and mutually beneficial participation in a society.

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Individual Responsibility

Individuals must take care of themselves and their families and be vigilant to preserve their liberty.

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Private Virtue

The idea that only a knowledgeable and virtuous citizenry can sustain liberty.

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