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Ch 17: The History of American Democracy

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You'll review the history of American democracy when you work through this informative chapter. Whether you need to study for an exam or want to learn more about this topic for fun, this mobile-friendly chapter can help.

The History of American Democracy - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, we've put together a series of short video lessons on the history of American democracy. You'll watch videos on the principles of democracy and tenets of American government when you check out this chapter. After you finish these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Define democracy and detail the various types
  • Explain Athenian democracy
  • Assess the spread of democratic ideals during the Revolutionary War
  • Outline the core principles of the American government
  • Detail key points in the evolution of American federalism

Each of our video lessons covers these concepts clearly in ten minutes or less. If you need to go back and review any section of a lesson over again, use the convenient video timeline. Our printable lesson transcripts allow you to make handy offline study guides that highlight key concepts.

6 Lessons in Chapter 17: The History of American Democracy
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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 Core Principles of American Government

4. The Core Principles of American Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

5. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

6. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.

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