Patriot’s Pen Essential Question: How do we organize our ideas?
Who are the Founding Fathers? • Benjamin Franklin • Thomas Jefferson • James Madison • Alexander Hamilton • John Adams • George Washington
Influential to the Founding Fathers • John Locke - liberty and the social contract - believed in the separation of powers of church and state • Thomas Hobbes - first to believe in social contract - believed we need it to keep a calm - believed in the rights of individuals and the equality of all men. • Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote The Social Contract. • Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense.
Influential to the Founding Fathers • Niccolo Machiavelli wrote The Prince which was a manual on how people get power and also talked about compassion in high government. • Charles De Montewquieu wrote Spirit of the Laws which called for separation of powers. • Voltaire vehemently fought for civil rights, freedom of religion and the right to a fair trial. He had suffered due to a lack of all of these.
History terms to think about. • Democracy • Representative democracy • republic
Pledge of Allegiance • "I pledge allegiance to flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one nation, under GOD, indivisible, with LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL."
Find out more about… • Judeo-Christian principles are most relevant to the Founding Fathers • social contract-is our government upholding their end of the deal? Are the citizens?
Questions to think about. • Christian beliefs of the Founding Fathers? • Separation of Powers-first suggested by Montesquieu to keep our government from becoming to powerful.
Why you need to know. • In order to write about a topic, you need to have some knowledge. • Since this project has a somewhat historical base, that is where we should start. • All of the above notes could be referenced as you write.
One last idea for you to consider. • Quotes infer many things about people. • Find quotes made by the Founding Fathers. • These may be just the “spring-board” you need to get started writing.