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After the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, the Delaware General Assembly elected George Read as one of its first two U.S. Senators. In completing The Democracy Project's First Congress Unit, students will gain a better understanding of both the work and the roles of Read and his First Federal Congress colleagues.
This unit contains eight lessons that focus on major bills,
amendments, and issues debated by the First Federal Congress
(FFC). Most of the lessons are part of an ongoing simulation
or, more specifically, mock Congress.
The primary goal of the instructional activities is to help
students understand some of the roles that Congress plays
in our government as illustrated by some of the debates that
took place at the First Federal Congress.
Each lesson, along with its related handouts, can be downloaded below.
Students learn simplified rules of debate to follow during the mock Congress.
Students debate theories of representation in the context of the Bill of Rights. (Mock Congress)
Students debate proposals to place "imposts" on imports. (Mock Congress)
Students debate the plan to repay the national debt. (Mock Congress)
Congress debates who has the power to remove executive officials. (Mock Congress)
Students debate proposals to have the federal government assume state
debts and to create a permanent capital. Opportunities for compromise
await perceptive participants. (Mock Congress)
Students debate proposals to create a national bank when the power is not specifically granted in the Constitution. (Mock Congress)
Students complete a chart to review major decisions of the First
Federal Congress and how they relate to the roles of Congress.
resources for the First Congress Unit are listed below and include
state placards, members of the first U.S. House and Senate, unit
acknowledgments and credits, and a complete unit bibliography.
For more information about the First Congress Unit, contact Fran O'Malley.
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