|Making A Nation
|READ AND DISCUSS
Everyone knows the names George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. But how many people know about George Mason? Although Mason made many important contributions to Virginia and the country, he is not famous.
Why is that? Mason lost the respect of many Americans when he refused to sign the Constitution. His opinions on the Constitution were not popular. His neighbor George Washington stopped calling on him. Many people believed Mason's opposition to the Constitution was wrong.
Today, Mason is sometimes called a "reluctant statesman." He was not interested in being a public figure. He often had to be persuaded to enter politics. He did not write an autobio-graphy or articles giving his views on government. Sometimes, he allowed others to take credit for his accomplishments.
But now in the 20th century, we have the chance to bring Mason's achievements into the public eye.
Pretend to be the (name of school) advertising agency. Your job is to improve the image of George Mason. Here's how you do it:
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