American Portraits

A Project of Moral Perfection: Benjamin Franklin’s List of Virtues and Purpose

In this lesson, students will learn how Benjamin Franklin purposefully tried to be virtuous throughout his life.

Founding Principles

Civic Virtue image

Civic Virtue

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

Private Virtue image

Private Virtue

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

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