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Opinions About Independence - Part 2
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Hear from some modern historic interpreters at Colonial Williamsburg about what they would have done if they had lived in the 18th century – would they have been for or against independence or undecided? And why? Their answers may surprise you!

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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
The Papers of George Washington
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Once his political career had ended, George Washington made a deliberate effort to organize and preserve his personal papers. He had the incredible foresight to know that his life and career influenced the appeal of the documents, and that they would become the foundation for much knowledge about the Revolutionary period and first presidency. At one point he even considered building a library to house them. Unfortunately, Washington died in 1799 before the grand library could be constructed.

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History
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ConstitutionFacts.com
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01/03/2023
The Papers of James Madison
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Unlike the large amount of documentation surviving George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, relatively few papers exist to grant insight into James Madison's personal life. Madison didn't attempt to keep many of these private documents, and whether from humility or another unknown reason, he didn't think they would be of any importance to history. The few scattered documents which remained survived through the efforts of family and collectors.

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History
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ConstitutionFacts.com
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01/03/2023
The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
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Thomas Jefferson was one of the most prolific authors in United States Constitutional History, and his works both public and private have been preserved through the efforts of countless historical societies throughout the country. Most famously through these sources: Library of Congress and
Monticello.

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History
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Reading
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ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Presidential Involvement in the Supreme Court
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In the United States, a system of checks and balances exists to ensure that no branch of government becomes too powerful. In relation to the Supreme Court (the judicial branch) one of these instituted "checks" is that the executive branch, the President, appoints the Supreme Court Justices, who are in turn confirmed, or rejected, by the Senate (the legislative branch).

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History
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Reading
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ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Proposed Amendments
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One of the enduring features of our Constitution is its flexibility. At the time of its ratification, the population of the United States was around 4 million and today that population exceeds 332 million. Since its adoption the Constitution has only changed 27 times! Actually, since 1791 (with the inclusion of the Bill of Rights) it has only changed 16 times. That is an amazing fact considering the changes in technology, infrastructure, population, etc. in this country in more than 200 years.

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History
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ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Remembering 9/11: Building Tolerance
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These lessons asks students to look not just at the events of 9/11 but at the following days and years. The lessons involve students in exploring the parts of a newspaper, the functions of a news article, and the importance of a free press in a democratic society. Classroom activities prompt students to discuss the need for and role of heroes. Students learn how to identify unifying factors in a diverse society, distinguish between fact and opinion, examine different points of view, analyze legal issues that have arisen as a result of the terrorist attacks, and much more. Lesson four, Todayâ"s Hero, also includes activities for grades K–4.

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Social Science
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Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Seven Principles of the Constitution
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In this explainer video, students learn about the seven principles of the Constitution. A host explains each principle, and students consider how these principles apply to our government today.

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Social Science
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Nearpod
Date Added:
11/02/2023
So Important an Interest: Slavery and the US Constitution
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The Constitutional Convention of 1787 brought together strong-willed representatives with opposing points of view on slavery and its future. To ensure passage of the Constitution itself, the representatives deemed it necessary to find a path forward that could be agreed to, with the understanding that the consequences of those actions would impact future generations. We are those future generations. We look back at this founding document and the challenging perspectives of our past and present with hope for the future. This panel discussion will be interspersed with dramatic interpretations from perspectives of the time period.

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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
The Sound of Battle: CW’s Fifes and Drums
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Since 2005, the "Past and Present" podcast from Colonial Williamsburg has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more. We offer two versions of our podcast: one that's audio-only and one that includes a slideshow. In this episode: The piercing fife, the thundering drum: both can be heard over the din of battle, making them a crucial means of communication for commands like parley, cease fire, and retreat. How does this combination work?

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Social Science
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Activity/Lab
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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
The Supreme Court
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In this one-minute video, students learn about the Supreme Court. A host explains the role of the Supreme Court in the United States government, and students will analyze how the Court affects the citizens of the United States.

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Social Science
Material Type:
Nearpod
Provider:
Nearpod
Date Added:
11/02/2023