Constitutional Principle

Popular Sovereignty

Direct Excerpts From The Constitution

  • ‘‘deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.’’ this means that

the power of the government comes from the people.


  • ‘‘We the people of the United States . . . do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.’’ This Proclaimed popular sovereignty in the constitution's preamble

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Tie To an Influence from the Enlightenment Philosophers and Influential Documents.

  • If the government is not protecting the people it should be dissolved this theory came from Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau.

  • Also was mentioned in the Social Contract

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Significance and Purpose of Popular Sovereignty.

  • Popular sovereignty ensures that the governments power and authority is legitimate.

  • It gives power to the government.

  • Gives us a voice in our country.

  • Popular sovereignty is needed in order to have democracy.

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Historical Examples

    • Kansas - Nebraska is when Kansa was very violent on deciding whether it should be a free or a slave state.
    • Kansas got the chance to decide whether it should be free or slave state. Since the act was in key thousands of anti and pro supporters came to Kansas. Violent clashes happened all over the state.