Cradle of Democracy Mini-lesson

Overview

No one person invented the kind of government that we have in the U.S. This mini-lesson looks at two early governments that inspired the system that we have today: Athenian democracy, and the Roman Republic.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the historical roots of direct and representative democracy in the classical period
  • Determine the differences between direct and representative democracy
  • Big Ideas: Athenian democracy, Roman republic, consent of the governed, direct democracy, representative democracy, citizen participation in government

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