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Ch 25: STAAR US History: Core Values & the Democratic Process

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Learn about the core values the US was founded upon and the purpose of the democratic process using this STAAR US History test prep chapter. Along with the engaging lessons, this chapter features lesson quizzes and printable worksheets.

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.

8 Lessons in Chapter 25: STAAR US History: Core Values & the Democratic Process
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Political Culture: Definition, Theory, Types & Examples

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.

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.

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

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.

Public vs. Private Interest Groups

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.

Interest-Group Litigation Strategies: Ways to Influence Policy

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.

Political Action Committees: Characteristics & Influence on Politics

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.

What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types

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.

Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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