- Typed, 12 point font, double spaced, reasonable margins
- No less than 5, no more than 7, pages of text
- Cover page (does not count as text)
- Proper Works Cited List (does not count as text)
- Use a minimum of 5 separate sources (including 1 primary source)
- Use a minimum of 3 types of sources (book, article, interview, etc.)
Plagiarism will result in a score of zero. Instruction and examples will be given on how to format the paper, create a works cited list, and avoid plagiarism.
Democracy can be interpreted many different ways, but at its most basic level, democracy is a form of government in which the citizens are the root of power. There is a natural tension between any form of government and the rights and power of citizens. These tensions include issues such as majority rule and individual rights; liberty and equality; state and national authority in a federal system; civil disobedience and the rule of law; freedom of the press and the right to fair trial; and the relationship of religion and government. The goal of this paper is to determine the nature of American democracy by focusing on a particular facet or area of tension, the Executive Branch. In other words, did the president’s administration cause America to be more democratic or less democratic? The paper should focus on a thesis, such as; A thorough examination and analysis of the presidency of John Adams leads to the undeniable conclusion that American democracy was diminished as a result of the selection process of the President, an imbalance of power between the legislature and the executive, and the abuse of power by Adams himself.
The paper must address the following requirements:
- A discussion and analysis of the basic nature and definition of American democracy.
- A comprehensive analysis of one particular presidential administration and examination of its impact and influence on the country.
- A scholarly essay including an introduction, a strong thesis statement, a minimum of three key supporting arguments and facts, a detailed analysis, and a powerful conclusion.
- Relevant ideas such as representation, majority rule vs. minority rights, the influence of money, voting turnout, current and past laws, government actions, and court cases should be discussed as needed.
An exemplary project will contain all of the requirements and shall be of excellent quality throughout, having addressed each of the necessary points in a thoughtful, creative, and scholarly manner.