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In this lesson students will explore the structure, purpose and significance of the Declaration of Independence. Students will analyze the concepts of inalienable rights and government by consent and begin to understand the philosophical foundations of America's constitutional government were starting a war with the greatest military power of the time, when they did not have a mighty fighting force themselves. And they were fighting for a type of government that most people thought was impossible. Prof. Sarah Burns explains the importance of asking WHY they did what they did, as she will go on to explain in the following videos. Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
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