Unit Five: Constitutional Foundations
Pathways of Action
Last Tuesday, President Obama referred How does Bethea's story reflect the themes in this chapter?
to a young girl from Dillon, S.C.
Ratings based on
* citizen participation in
government decision making
* extent of political rights and
What are some of the differences between the United States (which earns a 1 from Freedom House) and
North Korea or Saudi Arabia (which earn 7s from Freedom House)?
Not Free: 7
Pathways of Actions
• Cultural Change
Pathways of Action: Abortion
How have Americans tried to shape the debate
What can you learn about how law and policy develop in the U.S. from this snapshot of the abortion issue?
What elements are essential for stability in government?
1.) Broadly accepted framework
2.) Stable and powerful political culture
3.) Variety of ways for citizens to seek and achieve policy changes
How do the actions of Tysheoma Bethea
help us understand why the Constitution
has lasted so long?
The Constitution has provided
a blueprint for our
government for 234 years.