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Ch 90: Constitutional Democracy Fundamentals

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The objective of this chapter is to help you study the different types of democracies, the historical spread of democratic ideals, the evolution of the U.S. constitutional democracy and the civic duties of the people within a constitutional democracy.

Constitutional Democracy Fundamentals - Chapter Summary

Review the material of these lessons to review the concepts of democracy, the evolution of the U.S. constitutional democracy and the responsibilities of the citizens within a constitutional democracy. Each lesson is taught by one of our professional instructors and is mobile

device-compatible so that you may have an effective and versatile way to review:

  • Definitions and types of democracies
  • Solon, Cleisthenes and Athenian democracy
  • The spread of democratic ideals during the American revolution
  • Shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention and the birth of the U.S. constitutional democracy
  • Constitutional amendments, the amendment process and the Bill of Rights
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Civic duties of members of a constitutional democracy

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13 Lessons in Chapter 90: Constitutional Democracy Fundamentals
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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.

Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

2. Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

Although Athens is remembered for creating the first democracy, it took many years and multiple leaders to develop the system we think of today. Learn about who took control, what reforms they made and how the people revolted against the old system.

The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War

3. 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.

The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

4. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

The Articles of Confederation was the new nation's founding document, but the government established under the Articles was too weak. The new central government had no way of raising revenue and no ability to enforce the commitments made by the states. The Northwest Ordinance paved the way for the growth of the new nation.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

5. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.

The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

6. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

The U.S. Constitution may be one of the most important documents in history, but it wasn't a sure thing. A lot of debate took place. There were many people passionate about ratification, and many people passionate about ensuring it didn't get ratified. The divide over the Constitution shows us the root of political parties in the U.S.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

7. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.

Creation of the U.S. Constitution: Charles Beard's Interpretation

8. Creation of the U.S. Constitution: Charles Beard's Interpretation

In this lesson, we will examine Charles Beard's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. We will learn who Charles Beard was and what he thought about America's 'Founding Fathers' and the U.S. Constitution.

Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government

9. Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government

The United States Constitution lays out a limited federal government. Our federal government is based on federalism, with a separation of powers. This lesson explores constitutional provisions for a limited government.

The Process of Amending the Constitution

10. The Process of Amending the Constitution

Amending the United States Constitution is a complicated process. It's only been accomplished 27 times. This lesson outlines the process by which the U.S. Constitution can be amended.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Definition, Summary & Facts

11. The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Definition, Summary & Facts

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided protection for minorities against discriminatory practices in voting. We'll consider its historical background, its provisions, its amendments, and its recent interpretation by the Supreme Court.

The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

12. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.

Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

13. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.

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