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Ch 1. Introduction to the Study of American Government: Help and Review {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[26177].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution  Take Quiz
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Lesson 2 - State of Pennsylvania: Facts, History & Information  Take Quiz
Lesson 3 - Statehood: Definition & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 4 - System of Checks & Balances: Purpose, Importance & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 5 - Texas Independence: History, Timeline & Summary  Take Quiz
Lesson 6 - The 21st Amendment: Definition, History & Court Cases  Take Quiz
Lesson 7 - The 22nd Amendment: Definition, Summary & History  Take Quiz
Lesson 8 - The 24th Amendment: Definition, Summary, History & Court Cases  Take Quiz
Lesson 9 - The 26th Amendment: Definition, History, Facts & Court Cases  Take Quiz
Lesson 10 - The Connecticut Compromise: Definition, Summary & Author  Take Quiz
Lesson 11 - The Continental Congress: Definition & Purpose  Take Quiz
Lesson 12 - The Preamble to the Constitution: Definition, Summary, Purpose & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 13 - The Senate: Definition & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 14 - The State History of Georgia: Facts & Timeline  Take Quiz
Lesson 15 - Unicameral Legislature: Definition & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 16 - Unitary Government: Definition, Examples, Advantages & Disadvantages  Take Quiz
Lesson 17 - What Is General Deterrence? - Definition, Theory & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 18 - The Distribution of Power in Government  Take Quiz
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Lesson 1 - The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War  Take Quiz
Lesson 2 - The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance  Take Quiz
Lesson 3 - Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion  Take Quiz
Lesson 4 - The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise  Take Quiz
Lesson 5 - The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government  Take Quiz
Lesson 6 - The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments  Take Quiz
Lesson 7 - Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government  Take Quiz
Lesson 8 - The Process of Amending the Constitution  Take Quiz
Lesson 9 - The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments  Take Quiz
Lesson 10 - Bicameral Legislature: Definition & Features  Take Quiz
Lesson 11 - Primary & Secondary Sources of Law  Take Quiz
Lesson 12 - What is Representative Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons  Take Quiz
Lesson 13 - The Virginia Plan: Description & Facts  Take Quiz
Lesson 14 - Buck v. Bell in 1927: Summary & Decision  Take Quiz
Lesson 15 - Dartmouth College v. Woodward: Summary & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 16 - Demagogue: Definition & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 17 - Devolution: Definition, Theory & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 18 - Exclusive Powers: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 19 - Executive Agreement: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 20 - Executive Privilege: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 21 - Formal Amendment: Definition & Process  Take Quiz
Lesson 22 - Freedom from Self-Incrimination: Definition & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 23 - Freedom from Unreasonable Search and Seizure: Definition & Amendment  Take Quiz
Lesson 24 - Gibbons v. Ogden: Summary, Decision & Impact  Take Quiz
Lesson 25 - Sedition Act of 1798: Definition & Summary  Take Quiz
Lesson 26 - Texas v. Johnson in 1989: Summary, Decision & Significance  Take Quiz
Lesson 27 - The Case of McCulloch v. Maryland: Summary, Decision & Significance  Take Quiz
Lesson 28 - The Commerce Clause: Definition, Analysis & Cases  Take Quiz
Lesson 29 - The Establishment Clause: Definition & Cases  Take Quiz
Lesson 30 - The Right to Bear Arms: Definition, Amendment & Debate  Take Quiz
Lesson 31 - The Supremacy Clause: Definition & Example  Take Quiz
Lesson 32 - Unconstitutional: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 33 - What is Freedom of the Press? - Definition, History & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 34 - Strict & Loose Constructions of the Constitution  Take Quiz
Lesson 35 - Majority Rule vs. Minority Rights  Take Quiz
Lesson 36 - U.S. Constitutional Amendments: Definition, Summary & Order  Take Quiz
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Lesson 1 - American Politics: Definition, Conflict & Rules  Take Quiz
Lesson 2 - What is American Political Culture?  Take Quiz
Lesson 3 - What is Public Opinion?  Take Quiz
Lesson 4 - The Measurement of Public Opinion  Take Quiz
Lesson 5 - Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System  Take Quiz
Lesson 6 - What is Political Socialization?  Take Quiz
Lesson 7 - Voting: Costs and Benefits  Take Quiz
Lesson 8 - Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout  Take Quiz
Lesson 9 - Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types  Take Quiz
Lesson 10 - Brinkmanship: Definition & Policy  Take Quiz
Lesson 11 - Chief Diplomat: Definition, Role & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 12 - Chief Legislator: Definition, Duties & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 13 - Chief of State: Definition, Role & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 14 - Conference Committee: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 15 - Cooperative Federalism: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 16 - Gerrymandering: Definition, History, Types & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 17 - Grassroots Lobbying: Definition and Mass Mobilization  Take Quiz
Lesson 18 - Isolationism: Definition, Policy & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 19 - Political Action Committee (PAC): Definition, Laws & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 20 - Political Culture: Definition, Theory, Types & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 21 - Political Machine: Definition & History  Take Quiz
Lesson 22 - States' Rights: Definition, Theory & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 23 - What Is Gun Control? - Facts, Laws, Pros & Cons  Take Quiz
Lesson 24 - What Is Homelessness? - Definition, Causes & Effects  Take Quiz
Lesson 25 - What Is the Patriot Act? - Definition, Summary, Pros & Cons  Take Quiz
Lesson 26 - Thomas Nast: Cartoons, Biography & Quotes  Take Quiz
Lesson 27 - What is a Caucus? - Definition & System  Take Quiz
Lesson 28 - Political Satire: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 29 - U.S. Wars: Timeline & History  Take Quiz
Lesson 30 - Staggered Elections: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
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Lesson 1 - Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline  Take Quiz
Lesson 2 - Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations  Take Quiz
Lesson 3 - What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance  Take Quiz
Lesson 4 - Law and Order: Procedural Rights of the Accused  Take Quiz
Lesson 5 - The Right to Privacy: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 6 - The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons  Take Quiz
Lesson 7 - The Courts and a Free Society: Role in Deciding Civil Liberties  Take Quiz
Lesson 8 - Dawes Act: History & Consequences  Take Quiz
Lesson 9 - Debtor Prison: Definition & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 10 - Engel v. Vitale in 1962: Summary, Facts & Decision  Take Quiz
Lesson 11 - Equal Rights Amendment: Definition, History, Pros & Cons  Take Quiz
Lesson 12 - Equality: Definition, Types & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 13 - Freedom of Religion: Definition, Amendment & Rights  Take Quiz
Lesson 14 - Gideon v. Wainwright 1963: Summary, Facts & Decision  Take Quiz
Lesson 15 - Gitlow v. New York in 1925: Summary & Decision  Take Quiz
Lesson 16 - Hurricane Katrina: Facts, Timeline, Damage & Aftermath  Take Quiz
Lesson 17 - Lemon v. Kurtzman in 1971: Summary, Decision & Significance  Take Quiz
Lesson 18 - Mapp v. Ohio in 1961: Summary, Decision & Significance  Take Quiz
Lesson 19 - Martin Luther King Jr.: Biography, Facts & Quotes  Take Quiz
Lesson 20 - Miller v. California in 1973: Summary & Decision  Take Quiz
Lesson 21 - The Exclusionary Rule: Definition, History, Pros & Cons  Take Quiz
Lesson 22 - What are Civil Liberties? - Definition, Examples & Cases  Take Quiz
Lesson 23 - What Are Jim Crow Laws? - Definition, Examples & History  Take Quiz
Lesson 24 - What is a Civil Society? - Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 25 - American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): History, Mission & Lawsuits  Take Quiz
Lesson 26 - What are Trade Unions? - Definition & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 27 - What is the Fifth Estate? - Definition & Media  Take Quiz
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Lesson 1 - Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization  Take Quiz
Lesson 2 - The National Parties: Organization & Structure  Take Quiz
Lesson 3 - History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)  Take Quiz
Lesson 4 - History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War)  Take Quiz
Lesson 5 - Two-Party & Multi-Party Systems: Similarities & Differences  Take Quiz
Lesson 6 - Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 7 - The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups  Take Quiz
Lesson 8 - The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties  Take Quiz
Lesson 9 - Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role  Take Quiz
Lesson 10 - Democratic-Republican Party: Definition & History  Take Quiz
Lesson 11 - Direct Primary: Definition & History  Take Quiz
Lesson 12 - Divided Government: Definition, Effects, Pros & Cons  Take Quiz
Lesson 13 - Linkage Institutions: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 14 - Majority Rule: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 15 - The Populist Party: Definition, Platform, Goals & Beliefs  Take Quiz
Lesson 16 - What are Electoral Votes? - Definition & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 17 - What is a Political Platform? - Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 18 - Tea Party Movement: Facts & Platform  Take Quiz
Lesson 19 - What is the Tea Party Movement? - Definition & History  Take Quiz
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Lesson 1 - Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses  Take Quiz
Lesson 2 - Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences  Take Quiz
Lesson 3 - The Electoral College: Definition & Process  Take Quiz
Lesson 4 - Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform  Take Quiz
Lesson 5 - Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections  Take Quiz
Lesson 6 - The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election  Take Quiz
Lesson 7 - Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process  Take Quiz
Lesson 8 - Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions  Take Quiz
Lesson 9 - Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 10 - The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance  Take Quiz
Lesson 11 - The Secretary of State: Roles & Responsibilities  Take Quiz
Lesson 12 - Impeachment: Definition, Process & Requirements  Take Quiz
Lesson 13 - Incumbent: Definition & Advantages  Take Quiz
Lesson 14 - Lame Duck in Politics: Definition & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 15 - Line-Item Veto: Definition, Pros & Cons  Take Quiz
Lesson 16 - Presidential Pardon: Definition & Process  Take Quiz
Lesson 17 - What is a Popular Vote? - Definition & Overview  Take Quiz
Lesson 18 - What Is the Electoral College? - Definition & Explanation  Take Quiz
Lesson 19 - What is Campaign Finance Reform? - Definition & History  Take Quiz
Lesson 20 - Pros & Cons of Campaign Finance Reform  Take Quiz
Lesson 21 - The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002: Definition & Summary  Take Quiz
Lesson 22 - Independent Agencies & Government Corporations  Take Quiz
Lesson 23 - Quasi-Official Agencies: Roles & Purposes  Take Quiz
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Lesson 1 - What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure  Take Quiz
Lesson 2 - How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process  Take Quiz
Lesson 3 - Measurements of Congress' Effectiveness: Responsibilities & Achievements  Take Quiz
Lesson 4 - Congress vs. Parliament: Main Differences  Take Quiz
Lesson 5 - The Electoral Evolution of the Congress: History & Timeline  Take Quiz
Lesson 6 - Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process  Take Quiz
Lesson 7 - Party Nomination to Congress: Process to Become a Candidate  Take Quiz
Lesson 8 - Incumbency in Contemporary House & Senate Elections: Definition & Advantages  Take Quiz
Lesson 9 - National Forces that Influence Congressional Elections  Take Quiz
Lesson 10 - Presidential vs. Congressional Campaigns: Similarities & Differences  Take Quiz
Lesson 11 - What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?  Take Quiz
Lesson 12 - How Congress Represents the American Public: Demographic Makeup  Take Quiz
Lesson 13 - Delegated Powers: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 14 - Expressed Powers: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 15 - Reserved Powers: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 16 - Filibuster: Definition, History, Rules & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 17 - Simple Majority: Definition, System & Rule  Take Quiz
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Lesson 1 - Regulatory Policy: Definition, Processes & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 2 - The Business Cycle: Economic Performance Over Time  Take Quiz
Lesson 3 - What is Fiscal Policy?  Take Quiz
Lesson 4 - Monetary Policy & The Federal Reserve System  Take Quiz
Lesson 5 - How the Government Protects the U.S. Economy  Take Quiz
Lesson 6 - How the Government Promotes Economic Interests  Take Quiz
Lesson 7 - What is Fiscal Policy? - Definition, Effects & Example  Take Quiz
Lesson 8 - Block Grants: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 9 - Cash Crop: Definition & History  Take Quiz
Lesson 10 - Categorical Grants: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 11 - Deficit Spending: Definition & History  Take Quiz
Lesson 12 - Economic Power: Definition and Ranking  Take Quiz
Lesson 13 - FDIC: Definition, History & Purpose  Take Quiz
Lesson 14 - Fiscal Federalism: Definition, Theory & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 15 - Government Failure: Definition & Examples  Take Quiz
Lesson 16 - Greenbacks: Definition & History  Take Quiz
Lesson 17 - History of Income Tax  Take Quiz
Lesson 18 - The Force Bill: Definition, History & Effects  Take Quiz
Lesson 19 - What is a Developing Economy? - Definition, Characteristics & Features  Take Quiz
Lesson 20 - Nixon Shock: Definition & Effects  Take Quiz
Lesson 21 - The Bretton Woods Agreement: Definition & Collapse  Take Quiz
Lesson 22 - Rational Choice Theory: History & Theorists  Take Quiz

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