Influences on the Founding Fathers on Creating the Role of Chief Executive
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New February 2023! A panel of Presidential scholars describe multiple situations and philosophical positions that influenced our nation’s founders’ discussions in creating the position of Chief Executive for the federal government.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Government-19**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • What does the sovereignty of state rights mean? Why is there still differences of opinion on what states may do?
  • The framers based a lot of their decisions on General George Washington’s character. Have your students write an alternate history of what might have occurred if Washington hadn’t existed.


To learn more about presidential powers, check out the full program this segment is edited from: Constitution Day: Powers of the President 2. (Unique ID: Government-2)

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