Popular Sovereignty


  1. What do you think popular sovereignty means?

  2. Use popular sovereignty in a sentence.

  3. Think of an example of popular sovereignty in current events:

  4. Find an image of popular sovereignty:

Fun Fact


Popular Sovereignty: A belief that ultimate power resides in the people (rule by the people). Without popular sovereignty there is no democracy. In the Federalist Papers, James Madison referred to the people as the "fountain of authority," the root of all governmental power.


Where there is a dictator or unelected ruler there is a lack of popular sovereignty, but there is probably no shortage of statues of the leader. Despots tend to like to put up lots of statues of themselves.


What is a Populist?



  1. How would you know if you were in a country that lacked popular sovereignty?

  2. What is one way a people can maintain sovereignty over their government?

  3. If Donald Trump could do you think he would get rid of popular sovereignty and be president for life?