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Democracy Timeline

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Democracy Timeline
King Hammurabi Code of Law
A code of laws is written by King Hammurabi for the citizens to follow.

This was the first time that laws were written down and all citizens knew of them.
Ancient Greece
A democracy was formed between adult men where they all were given rights and responsibilities and equal treatment from the law. Women, slaves and foreigners were not considered people so this democracy did not apply to them.

This was the first time a democracy was used to run a country.
The Magna Carta
King John signs a document called the Magna Carta which states that not even the King was above the law.

Before this, rulers of countries didn't have to follow the rules and were considered above the law.
Iroquois Confederacy
Confederacy of 5 Iroquois nations that made decisions by using consensus (AKA laissez-faire).

This was a fair way of deciding things where everyone had a say in what happened.
Babylon, 1750 BCE
Athens, 508 BCE
England, 1215
North America, 1350
Declaration
of Independence
United States, 1776
A declaration saying that "all men are created equal" and stating further that the government would get power from "the consent of those being governed".

When America no longer were a British colony they chose democracy for the people where everyone was considered the same.

Declaration of the Rights of Man
The Absolute Monarchy in France was replaced by a democracy which emphasized liberty, equality and brotherhood, called the Declaration of the Rights of Man.

One of the major countries at the time changed from an Autocratic government to a Democratic government.
France, 1789-1794
Women Votes in Canada
Canada, 1920
Starting in Manitoba and later spreading to all the provinces, women in Canada were given the right to vote.

Before this women were not considered people or treated equally.
Universal Declaration
of Human Rights
United Nations, 1948
A declaration saying that no matter your gender, race, ethnicity, etc., every person has basic rights.

This made democracy in some countries much more fair since everyone was considered equal and had a say/vote.
Canadian Charter
of Rights and Freedoms
Canada, 1982
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is added onto the Canadian Constitution.

This Charter gives every person certain rights that are believed to be necessary for a democratic government.
Apartheid
South Africa, 1994
A policy called Apartheid that prevented Black citizens in South Africa was abolished and replaced with a democracy for all citizens.

This stopped racism in the South African government and a fair democracy was started.
Reflection
I think that the two most important parts of a democracy are Respect and Rule of Law. The citizens need to have respect for the government and vice-versa and also the rules and laws need to be know for the people and the same for everybody.
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