Explain how the rule of law, embodied in a constitution, limits government to protect the rights of individuals



rotating gif.gifSee United States History I.14 for more on democracy and representative government.
"The Fifteenth Amendment", an 1870 print
"The Fifteenth Amendment", an 1870 print


The Lifespan of Written Constitutions shows that constitutions around the world have lasted only an average of 17 years since 1789. Learn more in this article from the University of Chicago School of Law.

Perspectives on the Constitution: Constitutions from around the World from the National Constitution Center.

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  • A Trip Around the World from iCivics compares the rights of citizens in different countries with those of Americans.
  • Constitutional Rights from the Massachusetts Department of Education as an example of connecting the Common Core Standards to the teaching of history.