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Ch 14: Tension in American Democracy

About This Chapter

This chapter includes interesting video lessons and quizzes that will help give you the nudge needed to remember topics regarding the tension in American democracy. This chapter will review the factors in shifting power, minority rights, and similar subjects.

Tension in American Democracy - Chapter Summary

Utilize this chapter full of fascinating video lessons and quizzes to refresh your understanding of the factors in shifting power, the history of the separation of church and state, and the balance of the practice of majority rules and individual rights. Other subjects covered by this chapter include the following:

  • Definition of the new American democracy
  • History of the separation of church and state
  • Advantages and disadvantages of majority rule
  • Balance of majority rule and individual rights
  • Factors in shifting power

This chapter's lessons were prepared by our expert instructors. Information about each instructor is included in the written transcripts. You can also send them your questions. The timeline under each video will allow you to travel to different points within the lessons.

5 Lessons in Chapter 14: Tension in American Democracy
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The New American Democracy: Definition & History

1. The New American Democracy: Definition & History

In this lesson, we will explore the phenomenon of the 'permanent campaign,' which has changed the face of American democracy. In doing so, we will take a close look at the factors that led to this political development.

Separation of Church & State: Definition, History, Pros & Cons

2. Separation of Church & State: Definition, History, Pros & Cons

Today, we will learn about the separation of church and state, consider its history, and weigh the pros and cons. This lesson focuses on the American context and is useful to better understand the political and legal complications of this issue.

Majority Rule: Definition & Examples

3. Majority Rule: Definition & Examples

This lesson will help you understand the system of majority rule. We will briefly discuss what it means, how it is used in the United States and some of its advantages and disadvantages.

Balancing Majority Rule & Individual Rights in Democracy

4. Balancing Majority Rule & Individual Rights in Democracy

In the United States, we often hear about the virtues of democracy. But did you know that there are different forms of democracy? In this lesson we will look at the differences between two styles of democracy and talk about the pros and cons of each.

Shifting Power From Majority to Only a Few: Factors & Process

5. Shifting Power From Majority to Only a Few: Factors & Process

In this lesson, we will explore factors that have shifted power from the majority of voters to specific groups. We'll pay special attention to voter participation, single-issue voters, uninformed citizens, the nomination of candidates, and campaign expenses.

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