The earliest forms of democracy were direct democracies. People gathered to talk about issues and make decisions. This form of democracy worked well in the beginning. When the U.S. government formed, people met in a
New England town hall to solve problems. As the cities and the country began to grow, the issues became bigger. It was difficult for each person to be present at these decision-making meetings.
Not many countries use direct democracy as a form of government, but many community organizations use it. For example, U.S. labor unions often meet to discuss issues. They decide issues that relate to the whole group by majority vote.
Answer the Questions Below.
Using evidence from the text explain the difference between the a direct democracy and a representative democracy?
Using evidence from the text in your own words tell what a referendum is.