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Privilege or Duty

Is voting a privilege or a duty?

Pre-Questions

Before studying the documents below, express your own personal feelings

  1. When was the last time you took part in an election of any kind?
  2. What was the result?

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Frederick Douglas Quote

"No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck." Frederick Douglas, October 22, 1883

Abraham Lincoln Quote

"I go for all sharing the privileges of the government who assist in bearing its burdens. Consequently, I go for admitting all whites to the right of suffrage who pay taxes or bear arms (by no means excluding females)." Abraham Lincoln, 1836

Post-Questions

  1. Why are young people encouraged to vote when they turn 18?
  2. According to the document Man's Government by Man, what are the characteristics of a "Man's Government By Man?" Please be specific.
  3. According to the document Man's Government by Man, what are the characteristics of a "government by women?" Please be specific.
  4. How would you characterize our government today? Why? Please be specific.

Answer the central questions, please be specific.

  • Is voting a privilege or a duty?