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Participation is crucial to the sound working of the American political system. While there is a wide range of both conventional and unconventional means available for citizens to participate, voting remains the central form of participation. The right to vote in the United States has continually expanded—to women, African Americans, and younger adults—yet the country has experienced declining rates of voter turnout.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain how the right to vote was gradually expanded in the United States.
  • Discuss participation rates in the United States and how they compare with those of other democracies.
  • Understand the characteristics of those citizens whoe are more likely to participate and those who are less likely.
  • Explain the factors that contribute to lower voting levels in the United States.
  • Describe how citizens can participate in politics beyond voting, using both conventional and unconventional methods.
  • Discuss the argument that the social capital needed to build communities is declining in the United States.
  • Understand the problems and limitations of the ballot initiative process as a means to stimulate participation.
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This title is part of the series: FRAMEWORK FOR DEMOCRACY




10 and up


Color and black-and-white

Run Time

26 minutes