Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Struggle between Individual Liberty and the Common Good

The Struggle between Individual Liberty and the Common Good

Author Colin Woodard talked about the struggle between individual liberties and the common good. He discussed what freedom means and the balance between the government protections and individual freedom.

Description

Author Colin Woodard talked about the struggle between individual liberties and the common good. He discussed what freedom means and the balance between the government protections and individual freedom. Examples from American history such as slavery and the Puritans are provided to describe the different interpretations of freedom.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is meant by "individual sovereignty and personal freedom" compared to a "free community and common good?"
  • Explain the debate over the meaning of freedom in American colonies. What forms did this take in history of America?
  • What problems does Mr. Woodard say occur when there is too much freedom?
  • What problems does Mr. Woodard say occur when there is too little freedom?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Colonies
    • Common Good
    • Dissent
    • Freedom
    • Liberal Democracy
    • Puritans
    • Slavery
    • Sovereignty
    • Thought Crimes
    • Tyranny

    Topics

    Comparative GovernmentConstitutional FoundationU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity