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: The Rule of Law and Why It Matters
Help students create a working definition of rule of law and investigate how it's challenged and valued in countries around the world.
Interview: John Carey on the Rule of Law
Political scientist John Carey discusses the importance of the rule of law in making democracy work.
What Makes Democracy Work? Navigating Differences
Hear interfaith leader Eboo Patel share insight on how citizens can collaborate across religious differences to build a healthy democracy.
Citizens and Civic Participation
Listen to Professor Danielle Allen describe the critical role of young people in a democracy and discuss different aspects of civic participation.
Taking Ownership of the Law
Use this lesson to connect the story of Elizabeth Freeman and Quock Walker to other events in history and reflect on what their cases illuminate about democracy today.
What Makes Democracy Work? Individuals and a Nation's Laws
Hear the story of how Elizabeth Freeman and Quock Walker successfully sued for their freedom in the early days of American democracy.
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.
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.
What Makes Democracy Work? Teachers Like You
Hear from Facing History and Ourselves staff as they share how teachers make democracy work and recommend teaching strategies to nurture democracy and civic participation.
Fostering Civil Discourse Guide
Educators play a vital role in leading difficult conversations. Teach your students how to tackle tough topics without fear or intimidation.
Invoking History in Today's Politics
This article emphasizes the importance of using historical perspective to ask probing questions about democracy and decision-making.
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.