George Washington and Civic Virtue
This lesson discusses George Washington as a model of civic virtue. The reading explains the relationship between freedom and limited government then examines Washington’s words and actions to illustrate the civic virtues of civic knowledge, self-restraint, self-assertion, and self-reliance. Discussion questions follow the reading.
Students will analyze historical evidence including primary sources to understand George Washington as a model of civic virtue and the importance of civic virtue in a free society.
National Council for the Social Studies: Thematic Strands I, II, V, VI, X
Arizona Academic Standards, Social Studies: 1SS-E17, E18; 2SS-E3, E7, E8, P1, P5, P10
California History-Social Science Content Standards: 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4; 11.1; 12.1, 12.2
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Social Studies 8.1, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.16, 8.20, 8.21, 8.23; U.S. Government 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 14, 15, 16
Richard Brookhiser, Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (New York: The Free Press, 1996)
James Thomas Flexner, Washington: The Indispensable Man (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1969)
Edmund S. Morgan, The Genius of George Washington (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1980)
Thomas G. West, Vindicating the Founders (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997)