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The United States Constitution & Government - Chapter Summary
How much do you know about the United States Constitution and government? Use the entertaining lessons in this chapter to find out! Closely examine topics that include the Bill of Rights, U.S. political parties and U.S. citizenship. Exploring these lessons will enable you to:
- Identify and describe influential documents for the U.S. Constitution
- Discuss the U.S. Constitution's Preamble, articles, amending process and Bill of Rights
- List core principles of American government
- Explain the concepts of democracy, constitutionalism and capitalism
- Define and discuss the history of the new American democracy
- Share the purpose, history, organization and structure of U.S. political parties
- Detail the relationship between political parties and interest groups
- Describe the rights, responsibilities and naturalization process of U.S. citizenship
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1. Influential Documents for the U.S. Constitution
The U.S. Constitution is a very important document, but the ideas within reflect centuries of innovative ideas about government and society. Explore various documents that influenced the U.S. Constitution.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. U.S. Political Parties: Purpose, History, Organization & Structure
In this lesson, you will explore the history and structure of American political parties, including the current dominant groups. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
9. The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups
The following lesson will cover the similarities and differences between political parties and interest groups. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
10. US Citizenship: Rights, Responsibilities & Naturalization Process
In this lesson, we will consider the expectations placed on U.S. citizens, particularly immigrants who undergo naturalization. Learn the specific rights of citizens as well and what makes citizenship different than permanent residency.
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