US History - Founding Fathers
Updated: 8/31/2018
US History - Founding Fathers
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Founding Fathers Comic

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  • It is necessary that we discuss freedom of religion, for our nation was founded by those seeking freedom to practice their beliefs.
  • I beg to differ, we must ensure that all men have a right to knowledge!
  • The Constitutional Convention was initiated by the founding fathers. A principal person of influence was George Washington, not only did he start the discussion, but he also acted as the moderator.
  • We mustn't forget the way Britain has taxed us without representation.
  • James Madison felt freedom of Religion was an extremely important issue in the founding of the United States.
  • "In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own." ​
  • Benjamin Franklin's feeling was that public education was the most important. He said, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
  • Let us be settled! I have a ​compromise. We will address all issues in the Constitution.
  • Madison, did an extensive study of other world governments, he figured that America needed a strong federal government to help regulate the states. He also felt the government should be set up with checks and balances.
  • Franklin also lobbied for the fundamental freedoms that are outlined in the Constitution. These include rights like freedom of speech. ​
  • The founding fathers decided that the best way for all the needs to be met would be to compromise. Therefore, the first amendment gives the freedom of religion, speech, and press. While the other amendments address the needs of the people.
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