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This chapter helps students review the concepts in an introductory American government unit of a standard American government course. Topics covered include:
- The definition, role and function of government
- Types of government and their pros and cons
- Basic principles of American government
- The history of American democracy
- The American enlightenment
- Liberty, equality and self-government
- Politics as a source of governmental conflict
- The rules of American politics
- Political power defined
- Democracy defined
- Theories and views of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke
- The factors and process of shifting power from the majority to a few
1. The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution
For a thousand years, Europe had been living in the Dark Ages until a series of philosophical, religious and scientific movements helped turn on the lights. The Enlightenment began in Europe, but quickly spread throughout America in the 1700s and helped set the stage for a revolution against British rule.
2. State of Pennsylvania: Facts, History & Information
This lesson provides a brief overview of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We will recount Pennsylvania's history from before European colonization through the twentieth century and review some basic facts and points of interest about the state as it exists today.
3. Statehood: Definition & Overview
In this lesson, we explore the concept of statehood. Concerning the status of a U.S. territory or dependency, the process of statehood has changed over time, and its granting confers many rights and privileges upon each new state.
4. System of Checks & Balances: Purpose, Importance & Examples
This lesson will cover the system of checks and balances that exist among the three branches of the federal government. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for understanding.
5. Texas Independence: History, Timeline & Summary
Texas Independence occurred in 1836 when Texan forces defeated Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The conflict between Texas and Mexico lasted from late 1835 to May 1836.
6. The 21st Amendment: Definition, History & Court Cases
Through this lesson, you will learn about the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and gain insight into how complicated the repeal of prohibition has become for individual states.
7. The 22nd Amendment: Definition, Summary & History
The 22nd Amendment establishes a two-term limit for the presidency. We'll discuss its history, starting with Washington, and the motivations for passing the amendment.
8. The 24th Amendment: Definition, Summary, History & Court Cases
This lesson discusses the 24th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Additionally, this lesson will summarize the history behind the amendment and a couple of significant U.S. Supreme Court cases which the amendment influenced.
9. The 26th Amendment: Definition, History, Facts & Court Cases
The 26th Amendment was adopted to lower the voting age to 18. It was passed after the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government couldn't lower the age by a simple federal statute.
10. The Connecticut Compromise: Definition, Summary & Author
The Connecticut Compromise resolved a conflict between big states and small states at the Constitutional Convention. Without it, the Constitution would not have been passed. In this lesson, we'll discuss the authors of the compromise and its significance.
11. The Continental Congress: Definition & Purpose
The First Continental Congress met in 1775 to advocate for colonial grievances against the crown. Within a year it would find itself declaring independence and running a war against the most powerful nation on Earth at the time. Develop an understanding of the Continental Congress and the progression from protest to revolution. Test your knowledge with a short quiz.
12. The Preamble to the Constitution: Definition, Summary, Purpose & Examples
They may be the most famous 52 words in American history. Written almost as an afterthought, the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution has come to represent everything Americans think a government ought to do and ought to be.
13. The Senate: Definition & Overview
In this lesson, we will explore the structure and powers of the U.S. Senate. Learn the eligibility requirements to run for the Senate, what types of powers the Senate possesses, and the types of committees the Senate is comprised of.
14. The State History of Georgia: Facts & Timeline
Explore the history of the nation's 13th original colony, Georgia, from its inception as a second chance colony to its current role as the gateway to the South.
15. Unicameral Legislature: Definition & Overview
Learn about unicameral legislatures and discover which state in the Union uses this type of legislature. Examine some of the advantages and disadvantages of this type of lawmaking body, then check your understanding of this topic with a quiz.
16. Unitary Government: Definition, Examples, Advantages & Disadvantages
Discover the unitary system of government. Explore the nations that use this method of dividing government powers and learn about the disadvantages and advantages of a unitary government.
17. What Is General Deterrence? - Definition, Theory & Examples
Learn what constitutes general deterrence and examine the theory behind this legal term. Analyze different examples so you can gain insight on why some lawmakers use deterrence methods.
18. The Distribution of Power in Government
How is power distributed in the U.S. government? This lesson explores the separation of powers between the three branches of government and the various powers and responsibilities each branch has.
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- Federalism in the United States: Help and Review
- American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior: Help and Review
- Civil Liberties: Help and Review
- Civil Rights: Help and Review
- Comparative Law
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- Interest Groups and American Democracy: Help and Review
- The Media and American Democracy: Help and Review
- The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States: Help and Review
- The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice: Help and Review
- The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation: Help and Review
- The Federal Judicial System: Help and Review
- The U.S. Federal Judicial System
- Public, Social, and Environmental Policy: Help and Review
- Economic and Fiscal Policy: Help and Review
- Foreign and Defense Policy: Help and Review