October 1, 2022
Through primary source analysis, The Plainest Demands of Justice, a new resource from the Bill of Rights Institute, explores the efforts to realize the nation’s founding principles of liberty, equality, and justice by exploring key periods in African American history.
The curriculum is designed to put teachers and students in conversation with those who strove, and continue to strive, for a greater realization of the promises of liberty and equality as outlined in the Declaration of Independence.
Six chronological primary source sets covering the colonial era to the present day enable students to consider how the efforts of lawmakers and policymakers, the courts, and “We the People”—individuals and groups—have worked to ensure a society faithful to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. A culminating assessment asks students to choose a topic, conduct research, and make a presentation on how the work to ensure a society aligned with the nation’s founding principles continues in the present day.