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APUSH Kaplan November 9, 2006 Chapter 10 Questions 1. Why do we shift from “republic” to “democracy”? In the 1820s and 1830s, America began to describe its political institutions as “democracies.” A republic had been originally been set up by the Founding Fathers instead of a democracy because a democracy meant power was completely in the hands of the people and there was no balance between a natural aristocracy and the people. During the 1820s and 1830s, the general consensus was that the public could do no wrong, leading society, politics, and economics all to become democratic institutions. Inherited social ranks and aristocracy in America was largely eliminated,
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Unformatted text preview: leading to the idea that the common man could rise to prominence in a democracy. 2. Describe the characteristics of democracy or being democratic. One characteristic of democracy is the idea that any man, no matter what his social or economic background may be, can rise above that and become whomever he wants on whatever social level he wants. Another characteristic of being democratic is believing that popular opinion is correct and the masses are capable of determining what is best for the entire country....
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