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Where did the American democratic tradition begin? From ancient civilizations in Greece and Rome to the Enlightenment in Europe, democratic ideas throughout time have influenced the development of democracy in the United States.
In The U.S. Constitution: Discover How Democracy Works, children ages 9 through 12 learn about the foundation of democracy and how the documents crafted hundreds of years ago still have an impact on our country today. They explore the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, among others. These documents provide a framework with which we make the laws and processes that help keep democracy a vital paradigm.
Through hands-on projects, which include analyzing how the promises made in the Preamble of the Constitution were put into practice and investigating how to balance the freedom of speech in the digital age, students investigate how American democracy operates. With colorful illustrations, interesting sidebars, and links to online primary sources, this book asks readers to consider the effect of technology on democracy and make predictions about future documents that will be important to the preservation of democracy around the world.
Carla Mooney is the author of several Nomad Press books including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation and The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
Tom Casteel has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Cities: Discover How They Work and Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration. Tom lives in South Bend, IN.
Table of Contents
Timeline Introduction: What Is Democracy? Chapter 1: The Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence Chapter 2: Our Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution Chapter 3: Amending the Constitution Chapter 4: Other Important Documents in U.S. History Chapter 5: Important Documents of Other Nations Chapter 6: The Future of Democracy and its Documents Glossary Resources Index