American Portraits

The Case of Max Morris and Urban Renewal: Integrity in Washington, D.C.

In this lesson, students will learn how Max Morris acted with integrity to try to save his business and his neighborhood from the effects of an urban renewal plan. Though he ultimately was unsuccessful, Morris boldly challenged what he believed to be an unconstitutional taking of his property.

Founding Principles

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Due Process

The government must interact with all citizens according to the duly-enacted laws; applying these rules equally among all citizens.

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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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Property Rights

The natural right of all individuals to create, obtain, and control their possessions, beliefs, faculties, and opinions, as well as the fruits of their labor.

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