What Is Democracy? Essay

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What is democracy?

In the dictionary definition, democracy "is government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system." According to Lincoln, democracy is a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people." Freedom and democracy are often used interchangeably, but the two are not synonymous. Democracy is indeed a set of ideas and principles about freedom, but it also consists of a set of practices and procedures that have been molded through a long, often tortuous history. In short, democracy is the institutionalization of freedom. The description of democracy could ...view middle of the document...

According to `Document A´, in 1756 50% of the black population were slaves, whereas in 1774, 36.1% of all blacks were slaves. This was a great accomplishment considering the fact that even though the white population increased by 54.2%, the number of black slaves decreased in number, since it would have been expected for the slave population to rise in order to satisfy the needs of more whites. Other than racial liberty,according to `Document G´, Wethersfield also experienced a slight increase in the percentage of adult white males meeting the freeman requirements, along dramatic increase in the percentage of adult white males taking freeman´s oath, actually voting, and getting elected to town offices between 1751 to 1776. Although the actual question is that if the 35% of the adult white males meeting freeman´s requirements but not voting is due any sort of pressure, or illegal enforcement, or simply because they didn´t care, or transportation during 1751-1756 wasn´t as efficient as it was in 1771-1776. According to `Document H´ during the years 1751-1756 the wealthy people dominated major town offices. The richest 20% white males took up 82% of the major town offices where as 50%, poorest half, of adult white males didn´t occupy any place in the major town offices. But in the years 1771-1776, the wealthiest 10% of adult white males occupying major town offices fell from 67% to 40%. And in 1776, 8% of the people elected for major town offices, were situated in the poorest 30%. These are the evidence...

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