Presidential Election Update American Government: Stories of a Nation

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Publication Date: February 26, 2021

Hardcover ISBN: 9781319344986

Pages: 640

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Unit 1                Democracy and the Constitution
Chapter 1              American Government and Politics: The Stories of Our Nation
Section 1.1            The Fight for Students’ Rights
Section 1.2            American Political Culture
Section 1.3            Competing Theories of Democracy
Section 1.4            Institutions, Systems, and Power
Chapter 2              The Constitution: A New Vision of Government
Section 2.1            The Articles of Confederation
Section 2.2            The Constitutional Convention
Section 2.3            Branches of Government
Section 2.4            Ratification: Federalists versus Antifederalists
Chapter 3              Federalism: Dividing Power between the National Government and the States
Section 3.1            Conflict over Medical Marijuana
Section 3.2            Federalism and the Constitution
Section 3.3            The Dynamic Nature of Federalism
Section 3.4            Modern American Federalism
Section 3.5            The Supreme Court and Modern Federalism
Unit 1 Review
Unit 2                The Branches of the Federal Government
Chapter 4              Congress: Representation, Organization, and Legislation
Section 4.1            The Constitution and Congress
Section 4.2            Politics of Congressional Elections
Section 4.3            The Organization of Congress
Section 4.4            “I’m Just a Bill”
Section 4.5            Congress and the Budget
Section 4.6            Challenges of Representation
Chapter 5              The American Presidency: Individuals, Institutions, and Executive Power
Section 5.1            Presidential Power and the War on Terror
Section 5.2            The Constitution and the American Presidency
Section 5.3            Limits on Presidential Power
Section 5.4            The Modern Presidency in Context
Section 5.5            The War on Terror and Presidential Power 
Chapter 6              The Federal Judiciary: Politics, Power, and the “Least Dangerous” Branch
Section 6.1            Judicial Independence from Money and Politics—Or Both
Section 6.2            The Constitution and the Federal Judiciary
Section 6.3            John Marshall and the Power of the Supreme Court
Section 6.4            Organization of the Federal Judiciary
Section 6.5            Judicial Review, Constitutional Interpretation, and Judicial Decision Making
Chapter 7              The Federal Bureaucracy: Putting the Nation’s Laws into Effect
Section 7.1            How the Bureaucracy Is Organized [tentative]
Section 7.2            The Structure of the Modern Federal Bureaucracy
Section 7.3            The Bureaucracy and Policy Making
Section 7.4            Checks on the Bureaucracy
Unit 2 Review
Unit 3                Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Chapter 8              Civil Liberties: Protecting Fundamental Freedoms
Section 8.1            The Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Section 8.2            Selective Incorporation
Section 8.3            The Right of Religious Freedom
Section 8.4            The Right of Expression and the Right to Own Firearms
Section 8.5            The Rights of Defendants
Section 8.6            Privacy and Other Rights
Chapter 9              Civil Rights: What Is Equality?
Section 9.1            Securing Rights for Those with Disabilities
Section 9.2            The Fight against Segregation
Section 9.3            The Civil Rights Movement
Section 9.4            The Fight for Women’s Rights
Unit 3 Review
Unit 4                American Political Ideologies and Beliefs
Chapter 10           American Political Culture: What Americans Believe
Section 10.1         Core Political Values
Section 10.2         Political Socialization
Section 10.3         Globalization and American Core Values
Chapter 11           Public Opinion: Measuring Americans’ Opinions
Section 11.1         What Is Public Opinion?
Section 11.2         Trying to Measure Public Opinion Accurately
Section 11.3         The Effects of Public Opinion on Democratic Representation
Chapter 12           Political Ideology
Section 12.1         Party Ideology
Section 12.2         Ideology and Fiscal Policy
Section 12.3         Monetary Policy
Unit 4 Review
Unit 5                Political Participation
Chapter 13           Elections and Campaigns:  Candidates and Voters in an Era of Demographic Change
Section 13.1         Forms of Political Participation
Section 13.2         Voting
Section 13.3         Elections and Democratic Representation
Section 13.4         The Politics of Presidential Elections
Section 13. 5        Money and Campaigns
 Chapter 14           Political Parties: The Powers and Limitations of Political Parties [tentative]
Section 14.1         Functions of Political Parties
Section 14.2         The Development of American Political Parties
Section 14.3         Parties and Political Campaigns
Section 14.4         Third Parties
Chapter 15           Interest Groups and Social Movements: Collective Action, Power and Representation
Section 15.1         A Nation of Joiners
Section 15.2         Interest-Group Tactics
Section 15.3         Social Movements
Chapter 16           The Media: New Technologies, Enduring Issues
Section 16.1         The Evolving News Media
Section 16.1         Regulating Content and Ownership
Section 16.1         How the Media Shape American Politics Today
Unit 5 Review
Practice Exam for AP® U.S. Government and Politics