Building Democracy for All: Interactive Explorations of Government and Civic Life

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By Robert W. Maloy & Torrey Trust

Building Democracy for All is an interactive, multimodal, multicultural, open access (digital, online, free of charge) eBook for teaching and learning key topics in United States Government and Civic Life. The eBook can also be viewed and printed as a PDF file.

“Designed as a core or supplementary text for middle and high school teachers and students, Building Democracy for All offers instructional ideas, interactive resources, primary documents, and multicultural and multimodal learning materials for interest-building explorations of United States government as well as students’ roles as citizens in a democratic society. It focuses on the importance of community engagement and social responsibility as understood and acted upon by middle and high school students—core themes in the 2018 Massachusetts 8th Grade Curriculum Framework, and which are found in many state history and social studies curriculum frameworks around the country.”

Keywords: democracy, democratic government, separation of powers, checks and balances, rights and responsibilities of citizens, Supreme Court, freedom of the press, digital/media literacy, distance learning

Suggested Citation: Maloy, R. W. & Trust, T. (2020). Building Democracy for All. EdTech Books.


"Building Democracy for All has been developed by a collaborative writing team of higher education faculty, public school teachers, educational librarians, and college students who are preparing to become history and social studies teachers. The primary editors and curators are from the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education. Contributing teachers come from school districts in the Connecticut River valley region of western Massachusetts (Amherst, Gateway, Westfield, Hampshire Regional, and Springfield). As an open resource, the book is being revised constantly by the members of the writing team to ensure timely inclusion of online resources and information."