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Ch 22: The United States of America's Government

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Watch video lessons and learn about the history and structure of U.S. government, along with facts about U.S. citizens. The quizzes that follow each lesson can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

The United States of America's Government - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter looks at several aspects of U.S. government, including its history and how it depends on a system of checks and balances between the three branches. Information on how government policies can impact the economy is also presented, and you'll get a look at demographics regarding race and religion among U.S. citizens. Among the topics these lessons cover are:

  • How the Constitution provides ways to limit the power of the Supreme Court
  • Why government policy helped lead to the 2008 economic crisis
  • What are the common racial and ethnic identities of U.S. citizens
  • What the predominant religions are among U.S. citizens
  • When important events in the women's rights movement occurred and information about the leaders of this movement
  • How democracy took hold in the U.S.

VideoObjective
Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & ExamplesLearn ways the Constitution regulates the power of the Supreme Court.
The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008Look at government economic policies that contributed to the collapse of 2008.
Race & Ethnicity of U.S. CitizensExamine racial and ethnic makeup of citizens, with a quiz and a worksheet.
Religious Makeup of U.S. CitizensExplore the religious affiliations of citizens, with a quiz and a worksheet.
The Civil Rights of Women: Timeline, Leaders & Ongoing IssuesGet an overview of women's rights issues, with a look at leaders in the fight and current issues.
The United States' Democratization ProcessReview how democracy developed in the U.S., and examine current issues.

6 Lessons in Chapter 22: The United States of America's Government
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Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & Examples

1. Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & Examples

Our federal government is divided into three branches. Each of the three branches holds certain checks and balances on the other two branches. This lesson explores the major checks and balances on the power of the United States Supreme Court.

The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

2. The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

The rise of sub-prime mortgage loans and heightened real estate speculation led to the collapse of the housing market, which ushered in the Great Recession in 2007. Learn more about this economic downturn and its effects in this lesson.

Race & Ethnicity of U.S. Citizens

3. Race & Ethnicity of U.S. Citizens

You hear the words 'race' and 'ethnicity' thrown around quite a bit in the media, but do you ever pause to think about what those words mean? This lesson sheds some light on the meaning of those concepts.

Religious Makeup of U.S. Citizens

4. Religious Makeup of U.S. Citizens

There are dozens of religious traditions in the United States, and religion is now just as important a part of political life in the country as it has ever been. But what is the breakdown of belief in the U.S.? This lesson explains the numbers.

The Civil Rights of Women: Timeline, Leaders & Ongoing Issues

5. The Civil Rights of Women: Timeline, Leaders & Ongoing Issues

In this lesson, we will review the timeline of the civil rights of women. We will take a closer look at the background of the rights, what they include and what they mean to society today.

The United States' Democratization Process

6. The United States' Democratization Process

Sadly, most Americans take the right to vote for granted, with some of the lowest voter turnout rates in the world. However, as this lesson proves, the right to vote has been particularly hard-won for minorities, women, and other disenfranchised groups.

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