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BRIA 25 2 Building Democracy

Bill of Rights in Action
FALL 2009 (Volume 25, No. 2)

Building Democracy

The process of building democracy and democratic institutions is long and ongoing. Articles in this edition of Bill of Rights in Action examine historical and current examples of this process. The first article looks at the debates over the U.S. Constitution at the Constitutional Convention. The second article explores the medieval beginnings of Parliament, the great body representative government. The last article examines the history of American public schools and how we are preparing our young people to participate in our democracy.
U.S. History: The Major Debates at the Constitutional Convention
World History: King and Parliament in Medieval England
Current Issue: Every New Generation

Guest writer Lucy Eisenberg, Esq., contributed the article on the debates at the Constitutional Convention. Our longtime contributor Carlton Martz wrote on the beginnings of Parliament. CRF’s vice president, Marshall Croddy, contributed the article on preparing young people for democracy.

© 2009 Constitutional Rights Foundation

Officers: Joseph A. Calabrese, Chair; Publications Committee: Rachel Helyar, Marshall P. Horowitz, Louis E. Kempinsky, Walter R. Lancaster, Peter I. Ostroff, Lisa M. Rockwell, Patrick G. Rogan, Peggy Saferstein, K. Eugene Shutler, Russell C. Swartz, Douglas A. Thompson, Lois D. Thompson, Gail Migdal Title. Staff: Jonathan Estrin, President; Marshall Croddy, Vice President;Marshall Croddy, Lucy Eisenberg, Carlton Martz, Writers; BillHayes, Editor;Andrew Costly, Senior Publications Manager; Lisa M. Rockwell, CRF Board Reviewer.

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