The Constitution and the Idea of Compromise
This lesson discusses the compromises made by George Washington and the other Founders at the Constitutional Convention. The first section considers the diverse interests of the thirteen states that made compromise a necessity. The other sections examine the Great Compromise and the slavery compromises. Discussion questions follow the reading.
Students will analyze historical evidence including primary sources to evaluate the compromises made by George Washington and the other Founders at the Constitutional Convention.
- National Council for the Social Studies: Thematic Strands I, II, V, VI, X
- Arizona Academic Standards, Social Studies: 1SS-E17; 2SS-E1, E2, E3, P3, P4
- California History-Social Science Content Standards: 8.2, 11.1, 12.1
- Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Social Studies 8.1, 8.4, 8.16, 8.21, 8.22, 8.23; U.S. Government 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
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)