ROOTS of American Democracy Assignment

Due: Thursday, Sept. 14, 25 points     YouTube video to help you understand the assignment

 
You have learned about the roots of American democracy (Christianity, Judaism, classical Greece and Rome, the Enlightenment, Founding Fathers, etc., through the podcasts...). Now it is your job (with one partner if you like...) to find in the following two articles from the current issue of Upfront magazine online (student password is pdaddy), evidence of the roots of American democracy:
  • Confederate monuments (This is in the current issue, Sept. 18)
  • The Little Rock 9 (This story is in the previous issue, Sept. 4)
  • There are hard copies of these two issues in the classroom... for use in class... see Mr. Pahl.
  • It goes without saying that your writing should be neat and well organized.  A good overview (and engaging or interesting!) introduction, topic sentences, transitions and final summary, etc.

Read through those articles and think about how some of the specific roots of American democracy (Christianity, Judaism, classical Greece and Rome, the Enlightenment, Founding Fathers, etc) are evidenced in these stories.  Organize your essay so that both articles are dealt with, and you show you can understand these roots from the past to the stories of the present...

Submit this to Mr. Pahl as a

  1. Word document in an email attachment
  2. As a shared Google doc
  3. As a hard copy document, printed on computer paper, (but handwritten papers will also be accepted.)