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STAAR US History: Core Values & the Democratic Process - Chapter Summary
To understand many of the founding documents and laws of this country, you must first understand the core values on which they are based. In this informative chapter, expert instructors will prepare you for the STAAR US History exam by exploring these foundational values and explaining the elements of the democratic process. You will examine in detail topics including:
- Political culture
- Core American values including liberty, equality and self-government
- Alexis de Tocqueville's observation of democracy in America
- History and types of interest groups in the US and their impact on politics
- Private vs. public interest groups and their litigation strategies
- Influences of political action committees
To gauge if you are comprehending and retaining the detailed information presented in these lessons, take the short multiple-choice lesson quizzes and chapter exam. These assessments include embedded links that direct you back to specific points within the lessons for easy review of key information. Supplemental quiz worksheets can be printed, along with transcripts for video lessons, to use as hard copy study material.
1. Political Culture: Definition, Theory, Types & Examples
In this lesson, we'll be looking at political culture, including its basic definition and different theories and types. We'll also compare America's political culture with the political cultures of other countries, after which you'll have the chance to test your understanding of the topic with a short quiz.
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.
3. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
In this lesson, we'll learn about Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman who wrote a book about his observations of American society during the Jackson era.
4. Public vs. Private Interest Groups
This lesson will explain the differences between private and public interest groups. In doing so, it will highlight the goals of each as well as the concepts of big business and lobbying.
5. Interest-Group Litigation Strategies: Ways to Influence Policy
Interest groups achieve their goals through a number of different ways. One strategy uses litigation in order to influence policy. This lesson explains the use of litigation by interest groups.
6. Political Action Committees: Characteristics & Influence on Politics
Political action committees, or PACs, are organizations used to raise election funds. PACs play an important role in campaign finance and heavily influence politics. This lesson explains the characteristics and history of PACs.
7. What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types
The following lesson will discuss the history and types of interest groups that exist in the American political system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
8. Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics
The following lesson will describe the strategies used by interest groups to influence American politics. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
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Other chapters within the STAAR U.S. History: Test Prep & Practice course
- STAAR US History: Independence & the Founding Fathers
- STAAR US History: Historical Eras & Significant Events (1877 to Present)
- STAAR US History: Political, Economic & Social Change (1877-1898)
- STAAR US History: United States as a World Power (1898-1920)
- STAAR US History: World War I
- STAAR US History: Early 20th Century Reform & Third-Party Movements
- STAAR US History: Individuals & Social Change During the 1920s
- STAAR US History: World War II
- STAAR US History: Cold War & the United States
- STAAR US History: The Vietnam War
- STAAR US History: The Civil Rights Movement
- STAAR US History: Civil Rights Legislation
- STAAR US History: Role of US in the World (1970-1990)
- STAAR US History: Ronald Reagan & the Rise of Conservatism
- STAAR US History: Foreign Policy & the Gulf War
- STAAR US History: Geographic Factors & Events
- STAAR US History: Migration, Immigration & American Society
- STAAR US History: Population Growth & Environmental Concerns
- STAAR US History: Arts & Culture
- STAAR US History: People Contributing to National Identity
- STAAR US History: Changing Role of the Government
- STAAR US History: Domestic & Global Accountability in Government
- STAAR US History: Government Branches & Checks & Balances
- STAAR US History: Landmark Supreme Court Cases
- STAAR US History: Major Amendments to the US Constitution
- STAAR US History: Civic Participation & Leadership
- STAAR US History: Legislation & Economic Growth (1870-1920)
- STAAR US History: Economic Development Between WWI & WWII
- STAAR US History: Economic Effects of World War II & the Cold War
- STAAR US History: Economic Interdependence in the 21st Century
- STAAR US History: Impact of Science & Technology on Economic Development
- STAAR US History: Research & Analyzing Information
- STAAR US History: Critical Thinking & Writing
- About the STARR Tests
- STAAR U.S. History Flashcards