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Reading Nonfiction: Core Democratic Values

Directions: Read the following definitions of core American democratic values and answer the questions.
Core democratic values are the fundamental beliefs and constitutional principles of American society which unite all Americans. These values are expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and other significant documents, speeches, and writings of the nation. Below are the definitions of some core democratic values.

Life: An individual has the right to life, the period between birth and death, except in extreme cases, such as in the protection of your own life or others' lives.

Liberty: A person has freedom to act, to think, and believe as he/she wants without interference of the government.

Pursuit of Happiness: A person may pursue happiness in his/her own way as long as he/she does not violate the rights of others.

Common Good: To work together, as citizens, for the greater benefit of all.

Justice: All people should be treated fairly when correcting wrongs and injuries, and when making decisions.

Equality: All citizens have the right to be treated equally in all political, social, legal, and economic structures.

Diversity: In our society we respect variety in culture and ethnic background, race, lifestyle, and belief.

Truth: Citizens have the right to know truthfully what is going on in the government since it is based upon trust between the governed and the governors.

Popular Sovereignty: Citizens collectively hold authority over public officials and their powers.

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