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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the CSET Social Science Subtest III (116): Practice & Study Guide course
- About the CSET Social Science Test
- Early Influences on American Government
- Constitutional Democracy in the United States
- Overview of American Law
- Principles of American Democracy
- Religion and Religious Diversity
- Principles of Civil Society
- The Three Branches of Government
- Supreme Court Cases
- Election Process
- Levels of Government in the U.S.
- Mass Media in the United States
- Political Systems
- Economic Terms and Concepts
- American Market Economy
- Politics and Economics
- U.S. Labor Unions
- U.S. Labor Market
- Aggregate Economic Behavior
- Factors in International Trade
- California History
- Sources of Information in Social Science
- Historical Interpretations
- Social Science Research
- Social Science Perspectives
- CSET Social Science Subtest 3 Flashcards