What does it take to sustain democracy? In today’s world, political and social tensions, eroding trust in institutions, and rising incidents of hatred and bigotry make this question more essential than ever.
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Lesson: Defining Democracy
Help students create working definitions of democracy and consider the relationship between democracy and community.
Blog Post: How To Assess The Strength of a Democracy
What keeps democracies vital and strong? Use this “Checklist for a Healthy Democracy” to start conversations in the classroom and beyond.
Blog Post: What next? How to move forward after a divisive election
Read tips and inspiration from divided societies and fragile democracies around the world who have experienced divisive elections.
Reading: Invoking History in Today's Politics
This article emphasizes the importance of using historical perspective to ask probing questions about our country and our choices.
Reading: We the People in the United States
Learn how the US Constitution’s promise of equal protection under the law has been questioned throughout US history in debates over issues such as women's right to vote and birthright citizenship.