"We the People of the United States, in order to form a more a more perfect Union...."
The American system of government is founded on
counterbalancing principles: that the majority of the people governs,
through democratically elected representatives; and that the power even
of a democratic majority must be limited, to ensure individual rights.
Majority power is limited by the Constitution's
Rights, which consists of the original ten amendments
ratified in 1791,
plus the three post-Civil War amendments (the 13th, 14th and 15th) and
the 19th Amendment (women's suffrage), adopted in 1920.
"So long as we have enough people in this
country willing to fight for
their rights, we'll be called a democracy,"
Founder Roger Baldwin
Civil Liberties Union
this Link to Register to Vote in New York.
Constitution Day is Celebrated September 17th.
Additional Resources can be found in the MCNY Library.
Justice Learning: http://www.justicelearning.org.
site has an
interactive constitution, with all the amendments, each with an
explanation and timelines with important court decisions.
BAUS Purpose III -
Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Resolution
TOPIC: Freedom of Speech
III - Social and Developmental Psychology II - Families in Transition
TOPIC: Marriage and Family Life
Purpose V - Developing
Community Counseling Systems
Topic: Freedom of Speech
in Electronic Media
American Civil Liberties Union -
Purpose V - Legal and
Ethical Issues in
Purpose - VI Systems
TOPIC: Civil Liberties
Purpose VIII CA - Promoting
Empowerment Through Change
TOPIC: Right of Assembly