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Democracy is a type of government in which the people of a country hold the power to rule by electing representatives. In modern democracies, the legislature, composed of people's representatives, is elected by popular suffrage. The executive head of government is either directly elected by the people, or chosen by the legislature according to the country's legal procedures. Certain social liberties such as freedom of speech and political expression, and a free press are essential precursors to democracy.
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A brief overview of Democracy - a system of government by the people through elected representatives.

Democracy - A Quick Introduction
Grade: 5 - 12
An introduction to the basic concepts of a Democracy.

Forms of Government
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about the three main types of government - democracy, oligarchy, and autocracy.

What is Democracy?
Grade: 5 - 12
The video explains the idea that in a democracy all people have the right to participate simply by the right of being a citizen. This simple fact in essence distinguishes it from other political systems, and makes democracy more complete and perfect.

Grade: 5 - 12
A presentation on voting - as Election Day arrives, the author finds out how we'll be voting in the future, regardless of who's running for office.

US Presidential Election : The Electoral College
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about the Electoral College - one of the very interesting elements of U.S. presidential elections. Learn about the history of the Electoral College, how it works today, its pros and cons, and how it affected the outcome of the dramatic Bush vs. Gore 2000 election.

Democracy - Big Idea that Changed the World, part 1/5
Grade: 5 - 12
A discussion on the history of democracy, how it has faced challenges over time, and changed our world forever.

Democracy - Big Idea that Changed the World, part 2/5
Grade: 5 - 12

Democracy - Big Idea that Changed the World, part 3/5
Grade: 5 - 12

Democracy - Big Idea that Changed the World, part 4/5
Grade: 5 - 12

Democracy - Big Idea that Changed the World, part 5/5
Grade: 5 - 12

Democracy in Greece - Turning Points in History
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn how, after numerous forms of government fail, including monarchy, oligarchy and tyranny, the Greeks form a representative democracy or republic.

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