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Constitution been democratized?

In what ways has the constiution been democratized throughout American history? How has this democratization changed the relationship between the people and the institutions of government?

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I agree that the Constitution has been amended to enfranchise more people.  Another way the Constitution has become more democratized is by the first ten amendments.  The Bill of Rights was passed very soon after, as a compromise, but they are also important because they give people rights they need in a democracy, including freedom of the press and freedom of speech.

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The people have much more control over the government now and are willing to demand much more from it.  This has come about in part through the democratization of the Constitution.  Everyone over 18 can vote now.  The people get to directly elect the Senate.  These are important moves towards democracy.  They make people feel more as if they should control government and that government should give them more of what they want.

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