1. 4 Principles of American Democracy & the Constitution

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Part. In Gov’t

1.4 Principles of American Democracy & the Constitution

“The powers not delegated to the U.S. by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” ~ The 10th Amendment

“We the People of the United States… do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” ~ Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America

Directions: Identify which

principle is best represented by

the quote. Write the principle

and an explanation of why you

chose it in the box.
Principles of Democracy

Worth of the Individual

Rule of Law

Majority rule, Minority rights


Citizen Participation

“From the nature of man, we may be sure that those who have power in their hands… will always, when they can… increase it.” ~ George Mason

"It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is. Those who apply the rule to particular cases, must of necessity expound and interpret that rule." ~ Chief Justice John Marshal
Principles of the Constitution

Popular Sovereignty

Limited Government

Separation of Powers

Checks and Balances

Judicial Review


The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. ~ Charles de Montesquieu

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” ~ The XIV Amendment

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