Ch 3: U.S. Government and Political Systems

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Use our online video lessons and quizzes to learn about U.S. government and political systems. Explore types and functions of governments, among numerous other topics.

U.S. Government and Political Systems - Chapter Summary

Learn about the formation and functions of local, state and federal government and brush up on essential elements of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights through this chapter on U.S. government and political systems. The following lessons are included in this chapter:

  • Types and functions of governments
  • Functions of international political organizations
  • Post-war American politics: Foreign and domestic policy
  • Functions of state and local government
  • The three branches of government: Executive, legislative and judicial
  • The U.S. Constitution: Preamble, articles and amendments
  • The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's first 10 amendments

Our engaging video presentations on U.S. government and political systems were developed by experienced professional educators. Though brief in length, these videos are filled with relevant information. Additionally, each video is tagged to allow you to go directly to the main points for quick review.

If you learn better by reading than watching, you can utilize the written transcripts that accompany each video. These transcripts often include links to other lessons, allowing for more in-depth exploration of key terms and concepts related to U.S. government and political systems. At the end of each lesson, you can take a quick multiple-choice quiz to measure your understanding of the presented material and practice your test-taking skills.

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