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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
In addition to watching the lesson videos and reading text lessons, you can discover topics you don't understand by taking the lesson quizzes. Before moving from one lesson to another, review the results from your lesson quizzes and use the video tags to return to and study the parts of the lessons that explain the topics you missed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. Creation of the U.S. Constitution: Charles Beard's Interpretation
In this lesson, we examine Charles Beard's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. We'll learn who Charles Beard was and what he thought about America's Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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