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We the People: Expanding the Teaching of the US Founding Inquiry

We the People: Expanding the Teaching of the US Founding Inquiry

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About This Lesson

This C3-style Inquiry helps students engage with the complexities and contradictions of the US founding by exploring an array of primary sources, short documentary videos, and contemporary perspectives.

The inquiry centers the voices of those in early US history who were excluded from formal political participation, but nonetheless appealed to the nation’s founding democratic ideals to assert their own rights and freedoms. Their contributions help students recognize the power of their own civic choices and see that the project of founding the nation is ongoing and open to all. 

This inquiry is part of Facing History's US History Curriculum Collection: Democracy & Freedom. Use the flexible units, C3-style inquiries, and case studies in this collection to explore themes of democracy and freedom throughout your US history course.

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