This lesson plan is about the statesman and attorney from Ashtabula, Ohio Joshua R Giddings. Specifically two Giddings federal petitions and resolutions are concentrated on:
* Giddings Resolution at Republican Convention in Philadelphia on slavery
* Giddings resolution on the Creole Case: The question of compensation slave owners for their lost.
Copies of authentic historical news articles are included.
Critical thinking questions are listed at the end of the lesson. These questions are designed to challenge the students to break down and analyze each question to arrive at legitimate suppositions and sound conclusions from a constitutional perspective.