Social Studies - 2018-19
VS.6b - Ideas of Mason and Jefferson
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by
b) identifying the ideas of George Mason, as expressed in the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and Thomas Jefferson, as expressed in the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.
- Ideas are powerful.
- Our understanding of rights and freedoms has changed over the years.
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom provided significant rights.
The Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, states that all Virginians have many rights, including freedom of religion and freedom of the press.
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, written by Thomas Jefferson, states that all people should be free to worship as they please.