By: Lisa Gilbert and Dennis Aftergut
The Declaration of Independence and Constitution expressed a radical ideal for their time: that people should control their government, and not the other way around. In the 20th century, suffragists and activists in the civil rights movement worked towards improving on that ideal, to change voting from a privilege to a right, and to make a more perfect union. Despite the fact that we have never fully realized this goal, America has long been seen as the global gold standard for democracy.
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