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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a democratic principles unit of a standard Constitution course. Topics covered include:
- Defining democracy
- The Revolutionary War and the swell of democratic sentiments
- Liberty, equality and self-government
- The foundation of American government
- Democracy, constitutionalism and capitalism
- Constitutional governments
- Foundations of American federalism (1787-1937)
- Federalism after FDR
1. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles
Democracy is a form of government where the people have the power to vote and elect the rulers or representatives of the nation. Learn about the definition of democracy, discover the two types of democracy -- direct and representative, and explore the principles of a democratic government.
2. The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War
The spread of democratic ideals started with the Patriot movement before and during the Revolutionary War. Explore the road to the democracy of the United States through the Patriot movement, the Articles of Confederation, state Constitutions, the US Constitution, and finally the Treaty of Paris.
3. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government
America has core values that the government and society are constructed to uphold. Learn the ways that Liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity are implemented in tangible ways in America.
4. The Core Principles of American Government
The core principles of American government are beliefs about what the government can and cannot do and how the people participate in the political process. Explore the five principles of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.
5. The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism
American politics can easily become very unruly and chaotic if it strays away from its guiding rules. Explore how democracy, constitualism, and capitalism ensures the American political system is ran smoothly in this lesson.
6. Types of Constitutional Government
Constitutional governments are established from organized doctrines that document rules, mandates, or principles about the legal limitations of their organization. Learn more about the facts, unitary approaches, and how power is evenly distributed.
7. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937
American federalism, which is a division between the federal government and the state governments, evolved substantially from 1787-1937. Learn about federalism, dual federalism, and significant events that shaped the balance of power, such as the Civil War and the Great Depression.
8. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present
Federalism is the way the writers of the United States Constitution divided powers between the federal and individual state governments. This lesson explores how American federalism has evolved since the 1930s.
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