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What is Democracy?. Democracy is a system of government ruled by the people for the people. Okay…but what does that really mean. Democracy :. ~ a governing system for choosing leaders through free and fair elections. ~ the people, as citizens, share power and make decisions.

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What is

Democracy?


Democracy is a system of government ruled by the people for the people.

Okay…but what does that really mean.


Democracy:

~ a governing system for choosing leaders through free and fair elections

~ the people, as citizens, share power and make decisions

~ laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens

~ leaders and laws are determined by the majority. The one with the largest number of votes wins.


Govern – to exercise authority over

Teacher governs the classroom.

Principal governs the school.

President governs the country.

Governor governs the state.

Mayor governs the city.

Government – the organization that is the authority or ruling power over a society


Where did democracy start?

~ in Athens, Greece over 2,500 years ago

~ Greece is a country in Europe located along the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea.

~ Athens was a direct democracy.


Can you find Greece on the map?


Two types of democracies:

* Direct democracy

* Representative democracy


Direct Democracy:

~ citizens make policy and law decisions in person

~ no one represents them

~ only reasonable for small countries


Representative Democracy:

~ citizens elect officials to make political decisions, for the public good (people that live there)

~ elected officials: legislative, executive, and judicial branches make decisions for all the people.

~ most common form of democracy

~ form of democracy in United States


Architectural Ideas Also

Came from Greece

~ Many of our government buildings are designed in the same style as those from ancient Greece.

~ Many have columns just like those on the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus.


The Parthenon in Greece


The Parthenon in Greece


Drawing of Parthenon


Temple of Zeus


Reconstruction of the Temple of Zeus


The U.S. Capitol in Washington


The Lincoln Memorial


The Jefferson Memorial


The State Capitol of Georgia


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