Copyright

Ch 4: American Government Principles

About This Chapter

The American Government Principles chapter of this US Citizenship Study Guide course is the simplest way to master the principles of American government. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of American government.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering American government material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about core American values. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the rules of American politics
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning US history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about American government principles
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra US history learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the American government principles chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the American government chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any government, politics, or values question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an American government principles unit of a standard US citizenship course. Topics covered include:

  • Core values like liberty, equality and self-government
  • Democratic principles
  • The Bill of Rights and the US Constitution
  • Capitalism and the economy
  • The Declaration of Independence

13 Lessons in Chapter 4: American Government Principles
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Core Principles of American Government

1. The Core Principles of American Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

2. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of America's core values. We will focus especially on liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity.

The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

3. The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will explore the three rules of American politics: democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism. We will define each rule and see how it works to keep the political system running smoothly.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

4. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

5. 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.

Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government

6. Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government

The United States Constitution lays out a limited federal government. Our federal government is based on federalism, with a separation of powers. This lesson explores constitutional provisions for a limited government.

The Process of Amending the Constitution

7. The Process of Amending the Constitution

Amending the United States Constitution is a complicated process. It's only been accomplished 27 times. This lesson outlines the process by which the U.S. Constitution can be amended.

The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

8. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.

What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle

9. What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle

Rule of law takes on several meanings. On one hand, it means that no person or government is above the law. In another, it means that no government or its officials can enforce laws that are unfair or unjust.

Capitalism, Pluralism & Democracy: Definitions & Differences

10. Capitalism, Pluralism & Democracy: Definitions & Differences

Businesses live in a multi-framework environment consisting of capitalism, pluralism and democracy. In this lesson, you will learn about each framework and how their differences present a unique challenge for a company's survival.

Market vs. State-Controlled Economies

11. Market vs. State-Controlled Economies

This lesson will highlight the differences between a market and a command economy. In doing so, it will explain communism, as well as the concept of a mixed market economy.

The Iron Triangle: Definition, Theory & Examples

12. The Iron Triangle: Definition, Theory & Examples

The iron triangle is a unique relationship between bureaucracy, congressmen, and lobbyists that results in the mutual benefit of all three of them. We examine how an iron triangle works and then consider some problems that might arise from an iron triangle.

The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

13. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support