Have you been following the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong? Democracy is once again a hot topic in the news. What is meant by the word ‘demoracy’? Generally, when people refer to democracy they mean that the government represents the “will of the people”. There are many ways that a government can be democratic and represent the will of the people, but no type of democracy is more famous than American-style democracy. For this week’s topic, we look at Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysberg Address – memorized by American schoolchildren every year – to understand the foundation of American-style democracy.
Read more to find out and to consider some challenging questions for democracy!