Founding Fathers

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Founding Fathers

  1. 1. America’s Top 10 Founding Fathers An Interactive Tutorial By Nancy Albrecht Ed 205 Section 03 Quit
  2. 2. America’s Top 10 Founding Fathers Who were the founding fathers? George Washington John Adams Thomas Jefferson James Madison Benjamin Franklin Samuel Adams Thomas Paine Patrick Henry Alexander Hamilton Gouverneur Morris Video Clip Resources About the Author Quit
  3. 3. Who were the founding fathers? The founding fathers of the United Stated were the political leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence, led the Patriots in the American Revolution or helped write the United States Constitution. There were many more than 10 founding fathers, but the 10 men in this tutorial had perhaps the greatest impact in the creation of the United States of America. Quit
  4. 4. George Washington George Washington was a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses . The Second Continental Congress chose him to lead the Continental Army. He was the president of the Constitutional Convention and was, of course, the first president of the United States. He was not one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence because in July 1776 he was in New York preparing his defense against the British. Quit
  5. 5. John Adams John Adams was an important figure in both the First and Second Continental Congresses. He was on the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. Because of his foresight, George Washington was named Commander of the Continental Army. He helped negotiate the treaty of Paris that officially ended the American Revolution. He later became the first vice president and then the second president of the United States. Quit
  6. 6. Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress and was part of the committee that would draft the Declaration of Independence. He was picked unanimously to write the Declaration of Independence. He was sent to France as a diplomat after the Revolution and when he returned he became vice president under John Adams before he became our third president. Quit
  7. 7. James Madison James Madison was known as the Father of the Constitution because he was responsible for writing much of it. He was also one of the author’s of the Federalist Papers that helped persuade the states to adopt the Constitution. He was responsible for drafting the Bill of Rights which were added to the Constitution in 1791. He helped organize the new government and later became the fourth president of the United States. Quit
  8. 8. Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was considered America’s elder statesman by the time of the Revolution and later the Constitutional Convention. He was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence. Franklin was important in getting French aid for the Patriots during the American Revolution. He also helped with negotiating the Treaty of Paris that ended the war. Quit
  9. 9. Samuel Adams Samuel Adams was one of the founders of the Sons of Liberty. His leadership helped organize the Boston Tea Party. He was a delegate to both the First and Second Continental Congresses and fought for the Declaration of Independence. He helped draft the Articles of Confederation and the Massachusetts Constitution before becoming governor of Massachusetts. Quit
  10. 10. Thomas Paine Thomas Paine was the author of a pamphlet called Common Sense which was published in 1776. His pamphlet had a compelling argument for independence from Great Britain and convinced many colonists and founding fathers that rebellion against the British was necessary. During the Revolutionary War, he published a pamphlet called The Crisis that helped spur on the soldiers to fight. Quit
  11. 11. Patrick Henry Patrick Henry was a radical revolutionary who was not afraid to speak up against Great Britain. He is most famous for his speech which includes the line, “Give me liberty or give me death.” He was governor of Virginia during the Revolution. He also helped fight for the addition of the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution. Quit
  12. 12. Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton fought in the Revolutionary War. His true importance came about after the war when he was a huge proponent for the US Constitution. He was one of the author’s of the Federalist Papers which helped persuade the states to adopt the Constitution. He was the first Secretary of the Treasury under President George Washington and he was responsible for getting the new country on its feet economically. Quit
  13. 13. Gouverneur Morris Gouverneur Morris was an accomplished statesman who had the idea of a person being a citizen of the union, not the individual states. He was part of the Second Continental Congress and helped provide legislative leadership to back up George Washington in the fight against the British. He signed the Articles of Confederation and he wrote parts of the US Constitution including possibly its preamble. Quit
  14. 14. Resources Images and Information from: http://www.historyimages.com/ http://www.download-free-pictures.com/history/john-adams.html http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_Fathers_of_the_United_States http://www.americanhistory.about.com/od/revolutionarywar/tp/foundingfathers.htm http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/henry.htm http://etc.usf.edu/clipart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30OyU4O80i4 Quit
  15. 15. About the Author My name is Nancy Albrecht and I am working towards my teacher certification through Grand Valley State University's graduate teacher certification program. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 1990 with a degree in marketing. I then spent several years working in advertising before leaving in 2002 to become a stay at home mom. Over the last several years, I have spent much of my time working as a volunteer with elementary age children. I am a Girl Scout Troop leader, a docent at the Van Andel Museum and I have spent Click on my photo to many years in the classroom as a parent send me an email. volunteer. I am currently completing a Social Studies major and plan to become certified in elementary education. Quit

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