The Great Experiment: George Washington and the American Republic
A document-based teaching unit
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Students examine letters and public papers to appraise Washington’s character, his military and political leadership, his contributions to the formation of a new government under the Constitution, and the evolution of his perceptions on the institution of slavery. Lessons in the unit introduce students to a variety of documents, allowing them to distinguish Washington as a unique individual who played a pivotal role in the development of the American Republic rather than an abstract figure. Documents include the “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior,” the Newburgh Address, excerpts from Washington’s diary, the Farewell Address, and his last will and testament.
Lesson 1: The Making of a Leader
Lesson 2: Military Leader: George Washington and the American Revolution
Lesson 3: George Washington and the Constitution
Lesson 4: George Washington and the Constitution
Lesson 5: George Washington and the Native Americans
Lesson 6: George Washington and Slavery
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