Ch 34: American Government & Civic Duties

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Use the lessons in this chapter to review subjects associated with American government and civic duties, including the value of voting, the definition and purpose of civic duties, and more. Take quizzes to check your understanding.

American Government & Civic Duties - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will be introduced to short lessons that can refresh your memory of subjects related to American government and civic duties. Review the signers and legacy of the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble and articles of the U.S. Constitution, and the history of personal liberty laws in connection with the Civil War. Other subjects and concepts you will encounter include:

  • Creation of state constitutions after the American Revolution
  • Amendments to the Constitution
  • Function and organization of political parties in the U.S.
  • Connection between electoral and party systems
  • What the value is in voting
  • Definition and purpose of civic duties
  • Process of becoming a U.S. citizen
  • Definition and examples of popular sovereignty and separation of powers

After review all the lessons, take the quick quizzes at the end of each to check your memory. Click the Help tab if you need to send a question to the instructors about the lessons or quizzes. You can also print the worksheets to study and practice answering questions when you're not near your computer or mobile device.

11 Lessons in Chapter 34: American Government & Civic Duties
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The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

1. The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

After 12 years of tension and fighting, the colonists and their leaders were ready to declare themselves a new country, independent of Great Britain. This lesson examines the motives, the text, and the legacy of America's Declaration of Independence.

Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

2. Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

After the revolution, the states had to figure out what the rule of the people would be like. The early state constitutions and how they were drafted would inform the process and the resulting document that would become the U.S. Constitution.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

3. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.

Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

4. Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

The following lesson will introduce you to the concept of political parties in the United States government. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

5. Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

The following lesson will define and explain the role of the United States' electoral system and how it affects the shape of our party system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Voting: Costs and Benefits

6. Voting: Costs and Benefits

In a country as large as the United States, it's highly unlikely that one person's vote will decide the outcome of a presidential election. Does this mean the costs of voting outweigh the benefits? This lesson explores this question.

Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

7. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.

US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

8. US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

This lesson will delineate the procedure of U.S. naturalization. It will also explain the responsibilities and mandatory duties of citizenship, as well as the Selective Service Act.

Popular Sovereignty: Definition & Examples

9. Popular Sovereignty: Definition & Examples

As the U.S. expanded and acquired new territories, Congress was forced to carry out the delicate balancing act of adding free and slave states. Various proposals were made in an attempt to keep the balance sturdy, including popular sovereignty. Learn about its place in the debate over the expansion of slavery.

Separation of Powers: Definition & Examples

10. Separation of Powers: Definition & Examples

Separation of powers is the distribution of political authority within a government. Learn more about how separation of power works in the United States, then check your understanding of this topic with a quiz.

Personal Liberty Laws: Definition & History

11. Personal Liberty Laws: Definition & History

In the decades leading up to the Civil War, many northern states enacted personal liberty laws that protected runaway slaves from being returned to their owners. Discover how the roots of the Civil War included the battle between federal- and state-level legislation long before any guns were fired.

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