Votes for Women
Rights, Equality, and Citizenship
In this lesson, students will examine the idea of natural rights and equality as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. They will delve into the relationship between liberty and equality and examine the interplay of these two principles with respect to the idea of change within the United States constitutional order.
Consent of the Governed
The government's power is only justified when its power comes from the will or approval of the people.
The principle of equal justice under law means that every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law. There are no individuals or groups who are born with the right to rule over others.
Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.
Inalienable / Natural Rights
Freedoms which belong to us by nature and can only be justly taken away through due process.
Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.
Rule of Law
Government and citizens all abide by the same laws regardless of political power. Those laws respect individual rights, are transparently enacted, are justly applied, and are stable.