As students begin to learn about the growth of America as a superpower, it is important for them to know what made it possible. Among the many reasons America became so powerful is its roots in capitalism. Students should understand the origins of capitalism according to its founder Adam Smith and his book The Wealth of Nations. At the end of this lesson, students will have a more unbiased view of capitalism since its founding book is used as the text. Students should have the opportunity to recognize the benefits of capitalism, but also begin to discover their own values including how, and if, they match those of Adam Smith.

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