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American Government

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3rd Edition
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With Gerald Rosenberg, Mark Rom and Matthew Dickinson

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1. - Constitutional Principles

  • 1.1. - The Foundations of Government
    • 1.1.1 An Introduction to Government
    • 1.1.2 Why Government?
    • 1.1.3 Who Governs?
    • 1.1.4 Political Power
  • 1.2. - Political Culture
    • 1.2.1 An Introduction to Political Culture
    • 1.2.2 The Foundations of American Culture
    • 1.2.3 Unity and Diversity
    • 1.2.4 Video Biography: What Is Government?
  • 1.3. - The History of the Constitution
    • 1.3.1 Britain and the Colonies
    • 1.3.2 The Articles of Confederation
    • 1.3.3 The Constitutional Convention
    • 1.3.4 Final Steps to a Federal Government
    • 1.3.5 The Road to Ratification
  • 1.4. - The Constitution in Action
    • 1.4.1 The Bill of Rights 11:34
    • 1.4.2 Checks and Balances
    • 1.4.3 Amending the Constitution
  • 1.5. - Why Federalism?
    • 1.5.1 Three Democratic Systems of Government
    • 1.5.2 The Pros and Cons of Federalism
  • 1.6. - Federalism in Action: Divided Powers
    • 1.6.1 Federalism Today
    • 1.6.2 Federalism through History
    • 1.6.3 Hot Topic: The Federal Trump Card: The Commerce Clause

2. - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

  • 2.1. - An Introduction to Civil Liberties and Rights
    • 2.1.1 The Creation of Rights
    • 2.1.2 Equality of Opportunity versus Equality of Results
    • 2.1.3 Equal Protection Under the Law
  • 2.2. - First Amendment Rights
    • 2.2.1 Freedom of Religion
    • 2.2.2 Freedom of Expression: Criticizing the Government
    • 2.2.3 Freedom of Expression: Pornography and Cyberspeech
    • 2.2.4 Hot Topic: Hate Speech: Right to Free Expression or Invitation to Violence?
    • 2.2.5 Freedom of Expression: A Free Press
    • 2.2.6 The Right to Assemble
  • 2.3. - The Individual and Rights
    • 2.3.1 Individual Freedoms versus the Common Good
    • 2.3.2 The Right to Privacy
    • 2.3.3 Hot Topic: Email Privacy
    • 2.3.4 The Individual in the Criminal Justice System
    • 2.3.5 The Rights of the Accused
  • 2.4. - Additional Guarantees under the Bill of Rights
    • 2.4.1 Second Amendment: The Right to Bear Arms
    • 2.4.2 Hot Topic: The Second Amendment and the Roberts Court
  • 2.5. - The African-American Struggle for Rights
    • 2.5.1 Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement
    • 2.5.2 The Struggle for Civil Rights: 1900-1950s
    • 2.5.3 Civil Rights Legislation: 1960s and Later
    • 2.5.4 Case Study: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  • 2.6. - Civil Rights and Other Groups
    • 2.6.1 Women and the Struggle for Rights
    • 2.6.2 Rights Revolution: The Expansion of Rights
    • 2.6.3 Hot Topic: Sexual Harassment

3. - People and Politics

  • 3.1. - Public Opinion
    • 3.1.1 What Is Public Opinion?
    • 3.1.2 Political Socialization: Opinion and the Individual
    • 3.1.3 Looking at Opinion Polls
  • 3.2. - Participation and Social Capital
    • 3.2.1 Translating Opinion into Action
    • 3.2.2 Who Participates?
    • 3.2.3 The Importance of Participation: Social Capital
  • 3.3. - Mobilizing for Action
    • 3.3.1 Organizing to Participate
    • 3.3.2 Social Movements
    • 3.3.3 Case Study: Same-Sex Marriages
    • 3.3.4 Case Study: Same-Sex Marriage, Recent Developments
  • 3.4. - Interest Groups and Political Action Committees
    • 3.4.1 Interest Groups and Their Impact on Politics
    • 3.4.2 PAC Power
    • 3.4.3 The Art of Lobbying
    • 3.4.4 Regulating Organized Groups

4. - Choosing Representatives

  • 4.1. - Political Parties: History and Origins
    • 4.1.1 Political Parties and Their Functions
    • 4.1.2 The American Two-Party System
    • 4.1.3 A History of Political Parties in the U.S.
    • 4.1.4 Case Study: Why No Socialism in America?
  • 4.2. - Political Parties Today
    • 4.2.1 The Model of Responsible Party Government
    • 4.2.2 Party Structure
    • 4.2.3 Nominating
    • 4.2.4 Parties and Money
    • 4.2.5 The Changing Role of the National Convention
    • 4.2.6 Hot Topic: Reform Party: New Party or Personal Vehicle?
  • 4.3. - Election Campaigns
    • 4.3.1 Organizing to Run for Election
    • 4.3.2 Campaign Strategy in the Primaries
    • 4.3.3 Campaign Strategy in the General Election
    • 4.3.4 Campaign Techniques, Part I
    • 4.3.5 Campaign Techniques, Part II
    • 4.3.6 Campaign Finance
    • 4.3.7 Hot Topic: Campaign Finance Reform
    • 4.3.8 Hot Topic: Update on Campaign Finance
  • 4.4. - Elections and Voting
    • 4.4.1 Voter Turnout
    • 4.4.2 Case Study: The Election of 1800: The Bitter Battle
    • 4.4.3 Case Study: The Disputed Election of 1876
    • 4.4.4 The Issues
    • 4.4.5 Voting Decisions
    • 4.4.6 Nonvoting
  • 4.5. - The Media and Politics
    • 4.5.1 Media Influence on Elections
    • 4.5.2 Media Bias
    • 4.5.3 Influencing Elections and Shaping Public Opinion
    • 4.5.4 Video Biography: Negative Campaign Ads

5. - Political Institutions

  • 5.1. - Congress: Our Representatives
    • 5.1.1 A Bicameral Legislative Body
    • 5.1.2 Getting Elected to Congress
    • 5.1.3 Staffs, Perks, and Specialized Offices
    • 5.1.4 Roles of Legislators
    • 5.1.5 Hot Topic: Term Limits
  • 5.2. - Congress in Action
    • 5.2.1 Characteristics of the Two Houses
    • 5.2.2 The House
    • 5.2.3 The Senate
    • 5.2.4 How a Bill Becomes Law
    • 5.2.5 Evaluating Congress
  • 5.3. - The Office of the President
    • 5.3.1 Being President
    • 5.3.2 Presidential Leadership
    • 5.3.3 The Presidential Staff and Advisers
    • 5.3.4 Hot Topic: Presidential Pardons
  • 5.4. - The Roles of the President
    • 5.4.1 Legislative Agenda Setter
    • 5.4.2 National CEO
    • 5.4.3 A World Leader
    • 5.4.4 Hot Topic: Edith Wilson as Petticoat President
    • 5.4.5 Party Leader
    • 5.4.6 Hot Topic: Presidential Character
  • 5.5. - The Powers of the President
    • 5.5.1 Powers and Privileges
    • 5.5.2 Checks and Restraints on Presidential Power
    • 5.5.3 Hot Topic: Executive Privilege
    • 5.5.4 Hot Topic: Presidential War Powers
  • 5.6. - Divided Government
    • 5.6.1 Controlling Extremes
    • 5.6.2 Lobbying the President and Congress
    • 5.6.3 Hot Topic: The Electoral College
  • 5.7. - The Federal Bureaucracy
    • 5.7.1 The Federal Bureaucracy
    • 5.7.2 Hot Topic: The Department of Homeland Security
    • 5.7.3 Policymakers and Implementers
    • 5.7.4 Budgetmaking
    • 5.7.5 Controls on Bureaucracy
    • 5.7.6 Reform Efforts
    • 5.7.7 Case Study: The IRS
  • 5.8. - The Federal Court System
    • 5.8.1 Court Powers and Restraints
    • 5.8.2 Prosecution and Defense in Federal Courts
    • 5.8.3 Case Study: Roe v. Wade and the Abortion Movement, Part One
    • 5.8.4 Case Study: Roe v. Wade and the Abortion Movement, Part Two
  • 5.9. - The Supreme Court
    • 5.9.1 Appointing the Court
    • 5.9.2 Leadership on the Supreme Court
    • 5.9.3 Process and Calendar
    • 5.9.4 Early Decisions That Defined Federal Power
    • 5.9.5 Case Study: Affirmative Action
    • 5.9.6 Case Study: Incorporation
    • 5.9.7 Hot Topic: The Bush Appointments, 2001-2006
    • 5.9.8 Hot Topic: The Obama Appointment

6. - Public Policy

  • 6.1. - Policymaking
    • 6.1.1 Purpose and Policymaking
    • 6.1.2 Policy Development
    • 6.1.3 Changing Public Policy
    • 6.1.4 The Media and Governance
    • 6.1.5 Case Study: School Vouchers
  • 6.2. - Economic Policy
    • 6.2.1 Theories of Economic Policy
    • 6.2.2 Tax Policy
    • 6.2.3 How the Budget Influences Policy
    • 6.2.4 Understanding Debts, Deficits, and Surpluses
    • 6.2.5 Case Study: U.S. Debts, Deficits, and Surpluses
    • 6.2.6 Managing the Economy
    • 6.2.7 Case Study: The Credit Crisis of 2009
    • 6.2.8 The Global Economy and the U.S.
    • 6.2.9 Case Study: Energy Policy
    • 6.2.10 Case Study: Environmental Policy
  • 6.3. - Social Policy
    • 6.3.1 Promoting the General Welfare
    • 6.3.2 Social Policy and Poverty
    • 6.3.3 Senior Citizens
    • 6.3.4 Health Care 13:00
    • 6.3.5 Hot Topic: Healthcare Reform
    • 6.3.6 Education 12:11
    • 6.3.7 Hot Topic: Invisible Welfare
  • 6.4. - Foreign Policy: An Introduction
    • 6.4.1 U.S. Foreign Policy: Pre-20th Century
    • 6.4.2 U.S. Foreign Policy: 20th Century and Beyond
  • 6.5. - Foreign Policy: The Cast of Characters
    • 6.5.1 The U.S. President
    • 6.5.2 Influences on Presidents' Behavior
    • 6.5.3 The United Nations
    • 6.5.4 Treaties and Alliances
  • 6.6. - The Post-Cold War Era
    • 6.6.1 Consequences of the Collapse of the USSR
    • 6.6.2 Defense Issues
    • 6.6.3 Hot Topic: 9/11 and the War on Terror
    • 6.6.4 Hot Topic: The Iraq War
    • 6.6.5 Foreign Aid
    • 6.6.6 Hot Topic: The World Trade Organization: Corporate Power Run Rampant?

7. - Toward a Changing Democracy

  • 7.1. - Citizen Participation in the New Century
    • 7.1.1 A Clash of Values for Governance
    • 7.1.2 Immigration and the New Governance
    • 7.1.3 Political Participation in the New Century
    • 7.1.4 Case Study: The 2000 Election
    • 7.1.5 Case Study: The 2004 Election
    • 7.1.6 Case Study: The 2006 Election
    • 7.1.8 Case Study: The 2008 Election
    • 7.1.7 Case Study: The 2000 Census

8. - Appendix: Key Supreme Court Cases

  • 8.1. - Key Supreme Court Cases
    • 8.1.1 McCulloch v. Maryland
    • 8.1.2 Miranda v. Arizona
    • 8.1.3 Korematsu v. United States
    • 8.1.4 Marbury v. Madison
    • 8.1.5 New York Times v. Sullivan
    • 8.1.6 City of Indianapolis v. Edmond
    • 8.1.7 Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe
    • 8.1.8 Washington v. Glucksberg

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