Ch 3: Constitutional Democracy in the United States

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Learn about constitutional democracy in the United States, including the spread of democratic ideals and the second continental congress. Video lessons and self-assessment quizzes teach you all you need to know about constitutional democracy in the US.

Constitutional Democracy in the United States - Chapter Summary

Lessons in this chapter explore constitutional democracy in the U.S., including Thomas Paine, the Revolutionary War, and the Declaration of Independence. The constitutional convention and the U.S. Constitution are also discussed. Additionally, by the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • The second continental congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense
  • The spread of democratic ideals during the Revolutionary War
  • The Federalist Papers
  • The Bill of Rights
  • English Common Law system

Short, engaging video lessons walk you through each subject, and you can watch the lessons anytime on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Use the video links on the Timeline tab to jump to specific topics for review. Our short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam let you assess your learning.

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: Constitutional Democracy in the United States
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The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

1. The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

1763 marked the beginning of the long road to revolution for the American colonies. By 1775, military actions had finally erupted. How were the colonists and their leaders going to respond?

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.

The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

3. The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in U.S. History and led to the country's independence from Great Britain. In this lesson, we will review the main components of this important document.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

4. 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 US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

5. 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.

The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary

6. The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary

The Federalist Papers were a collection of political essays from the 18th century written by several Founding Fathers of the United States. In this lesson, we'll learn more about the Federalist Papers and why they are still important today.

The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

7. The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

Why do Americans have certain freedoms? This lesson reviews the events leading to the Bill of Rights. It also summarizes each of the ten amendments and analyzes the importance of each one.

What Is the English Bill Of Rights? - Definition, Summary & History

8. What Is the English Bill Of Rights? - Definition, Summary & History

In this lesson, we will learn about the English Bill of Rights. We will take a closer look at why the document was created, what the document represents and the influence it has had on the U.S. Constitution.

English Common Law System: Definition & History

9. English Common Law System: Definition & History

The English common law system is the foundation of several systems of law throughout the world. In this lesson you will learn the history and definition of the English common law system.

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