Lesson Plan

Lesson 2: The "To Do List" of the Continental Congress

The Second Continental Congress voting independence.
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The Second Continental Congress voting independence.

At the time the Founders were shaping the future of a new country, John Adams suggested the President should be addressed as “His Excellency.” Happily, others recognized that such a title was inappropriate. Though the proper form of address represents only a small detail, defining everything about the Presidency was central to the idea of America that was a work-in-progress when the nation was young.

Guiding Questions

How was the role of "President" defined in the Articles of Confederation?

What were the weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation regarding the role of the President?

Learning Objectives

Describe the role of "President of the United States in Congress Assembled" under the Articles of Confederation.

Explain how the President was elected.