Eleesha Tucker is an American history and civics educator as well as curriculum developer. She specializes in the ideals of liberty articulated by the American Revolution and the inherent freedoms protected by the religion clauses of the First Amendment.
Ms. Tucker’s master’s thesis, Politicians and Petitions: Passing the Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia, explored the claims of Revolutionary Virginia citizens, emboldened by the ideals of the American Revolution, which they made to their state legislature to protect their inherent right to worship as their consciences required. Ms. Tucker argued that the petitions of these ordinary people influenced the inclusion of the religion clauses of the First Amendment.
As a faculty member and curriculum specialist with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute, Ms. Tucker taught the history of Religious Freedom in the United States to graduate students and developed graduate-level blended learning courses for K-12 teachers on religious liberty and religious literacy.
As the education director of the oldest patriotic organization in the United States, the Society of the Cincinnati, Ms. Tucker taught teachers and students about the people, places and events of the American Revolution that articulated our ideals of liberty, equality, civil responsibility and natural and civil rights that have shaped our nation’s history and influenced freedom around the world. She created lesson plans and designed curriculum for teachers at the K-12 level, drawing on her original primary source research. She also designed simulation experiences for children to learn about the hardships, victories and daily life of ordinary people in the eighteenth century.
Prior to serving the Society of the Cincinnati, Ms. Tucker supported the Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) in its start-up phase, promoting increased understanding about the historical context and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution by making digitally available historical documents from the period. With these documents from the ConSource library, she crafted K-12 lesson plans for teachers and produced events promoting constitutional literacy.
Ms. Tucker’s interest in the history of our American ideals and the protection of our constitutional rights was born from her faith. She is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose history of persecution in the United States and failed constitutional protection leads her to be an advocate for the rights protection of diverse religious communities today, protections that come through public constitutional and religious literacy. Ms. Tucker’s current role in her faith community is to foster interfaith relationships in the DC Metro region with other communities of faith, including Baha’is, Quakers, Lutherans, Muslims, Baptists, Jews and others.
Ms. Tucker holds a Masters of American Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Art in History Teaching from Brigham Young University.