Ch 1: American Democratic Ideals

About This Chapter

The American Democratic Ideals chapter of this Constitution Study Guide course is the simplest way to master American democratic principles. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of American democratic principles.

Who's It For:

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering American democratic principles material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn American democratic principles. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding American democratic principles
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning government (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about American democratic principles
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra government learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the American Democratic Ideals chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the American Democratic Ideals chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about American democratic principles. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

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

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: American Democratic Ideals
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What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

1. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.

The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War

2. The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War

Democratic ideals spread before, during and after the American Revolution. This generated the democratic government known in the United States today. This lesson explores the Revolutionary roots of the Constitution.

America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

3. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of America's core values. We will focus especially on liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity.

The Core Principles of American Government

4. The Core Principles of American Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

5. The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will explore the three rules of American politics: democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism. We will define each rule and see how it works to keep the political system running smoothly.

Types of Constitutional Government

6. Types of Constitutional Government

Learn about constitutional governments through the eyes of a citizen of a fictional country undergoing change. Gain insight into what each of these styles means as you weigh the benefits of unitary and federal types.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

7. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

8. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.

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Practice Final Exam
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