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CBASE Social Studies: American Government - Chapter Summary
Through its informational video lessons, this chapter will help you review the formation of our nation's government as well as its core principles. Discover the process by which the Articles of Confederation were amended, explore the purposes of the three branches of government and learn about the ways in which our political parties were developed. Some video lessons allow you to examine the outcomes of high-profile Supreme Court cases and study the history of the two-party system. Prior to sitting for the CBASE examination, look to these lessons so that you can:
- Learn about the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention and the U.S. Constitution
- Understand the Bill of Rights and the process of amending the Constitution
- Explore popular sovereignty and limited government as they relate to the country's core principles
- Identify the functions of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government
- Contrast local, state and federal governments
- Discuss the rules of democracy and capitalism
- Examine the origins of American democracy
- Look at America's political parties before and after the Civil War
- Give an overview of landmark Supreme Court decisions
Available online 24/7, these lively tutorial videos can prepare you for social studies questions on the College BASE examination. Even if you don't have a lot of study time in your schedule, you can access the animated lessons at your convenience using your tablet or other mobile device. Ask questions and get personalized support on the Dashboard. Written transcripts accompany the videos and they include bold terms that you'll want to know more about. Take the lesson quizzes and the chapter examination to measure your knowledge.
CBASE Social Studies: American Government Chapter Objectives
Of the four subject areas that you'll encounter on the College BASE Examination, the Social Studies section will test your knowledge of the topics in this chapter. Other test sections include English, Science and Mathematics. Qualify for entry to a teacher education program when you provide correct answers to the assessment's 180 multiple-choice questions. There's a four-hour time limit on the examination.
1. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
The Articles of Confederation was the new nation's founding document, but the government established under the Articles was too weak. The new central government had no way of raising revenue and no ability to enforce the commitments made by the states. The Northwest Ordinance paved the way for the growth of the new nation.
2. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise
The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial
In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.
8. What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits
A federal government is a system that divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. We'll take a look at how power plays out between the national and local government, and the benefits of a federal government.
9. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges
The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.
10. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges
Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.
11. 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.
12. The New American Democracy: Definition & History
In this lesson, we will explore the phenomenon of the 'permanent campaign,' which has changed the face of American democracy. In doing so, we will take a close look at the factors that led to this political development.
13. History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)
The following lesson will discuss the history and evolution of the two-party system in the United States. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
14. History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War)
The following lesson will continue to cover the history of political parties, this time, the history that occurred after the Civil War. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
15. Landmark Supreme Court Cases: Overview & Effects
As one of the three branches of the federal government, the Supreme Court has significant power. In this lesson, we'll introduce and briefly review some of the landmark cases the Court has heard in its 225+ year history.
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