Baron de Montesquieu

Where would we be without Baron do Montesquieu and his On the Spirit of Laws? Class members examine passages from Montesquieu's essay that present his concepts of the separation of powers, republican government, and equality under the law, and then rate the degree to which they agree or disagree with Montesquieu's ideas.

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Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson assumes that class members are familiar with Jim Crow laws
  • It is also assumed that participants understand the differences between a republican government and a democracy
Pros

  • The exercise encourages participants to think deeply about the implications and possible applications of these concepts
  • All required materials are included in the packet
Cons

  • None