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Basics of American Politics - Chapter Summary
This chapter will teach you about the foundations of American politics. These lessons focus on the most significant documents related to American politics as well as the structure of the American government. The information is presented in brief palatable videos, which were created by experts in these areas. At the completion of the lesson, you will have learned about the following:
- Principles of American government
- The U.S. Constitution
- Democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism
- The Bill of Rights
- America's core values
- America's foreign and domestic policies
As you complete the lessons, use the personal dashboard to evaluate your progress. This same feature can also be used to identify areas of improvement, to ensure that you are utilizing the lessons as effectively as possible. If you have questions about the concepts being discussed, the ask-an-expert tool can be used to access help from someone with a depth of knowledge on these topics.
1. What is American Political Culture?
The American political culture is a system of shared political traditions, customs, beliefs and values. This lesson discusses the characteristics of America's political culture and the factors that help shape it.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy
In this lesson, we will learn about American politics in the post-war era. We will highlight the broad contours of foreign and domestic policies, and learn how Americans planned to deal with the challenges of an increasingly complex world.
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