How many times does the word "democracy" appear in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution?  

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Many people know that we have some form of a democracy in our country. They also know that our key documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, tried to establish a system of government that would protect the rights of the people and prevent any part of the government from becoming too strong.

However, most people might be surprised that the “democracy” doesn't appear in either document. While our government system is clearly based on democratic principles, you won’t find the word “democracy” in those documents.

In our system of government, we elect people to represent us. We don’t make the laws ourselves. We elect people to do this for us. These elected representatives are supposed to represent the wishes of the majority of the people they represent. We need to let our elected representatives know how we feel about the issues that face our country. This system is known as a democratic republic.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I suspect the founders were very smart by not using the specific word. They didn't want to be tied to any particular philosophy. It was more important to use compromise and work together to desgn the country that the founders could agree would work for them.
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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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As I suspect you already know, it doesn't appear in either ... a simple document search would reveal that.  The absence of the word, however, doesn't mean the absence of the concept.  Maybe this belongs on the discussion board?

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