American Democracy Now
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Description: Harrison, American Democracy Now, applies a critical thinking framework to teaching American Government by asking students to Inquire, Converse, and Participate. Inquire is about students asking the right questions, and not taking what they read, hear, or see at face value. Converse is getting students to the point where they can join in the conversation of democracy constantly going on around them as informed participants. Participate is about students getting involved or making a conscious decision not to get involved, and also about participation including many new activities related to technology blogging, online polling, social networking sites, and more..
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $166.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Size: 9.25" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY Chapter 1: American Democracy: People, Politics, and Participation y shd u stdy am dem now? Or, Why Should You Study American Democracy Now? How Technology Has Changed Politics The Political Context Now What Government Does Types of Government The Origins of American Democracy Democracy's Origins in Popular Protest: The Influence of the Reformation and the Enlightenment The Modern Political Philosophy of Hobbes and Locke The Creation of the United States as an Experiment in Representative Democracy Political Culture and American Values Liberty Equality Capitalism Consent of the Governed Individual, Family, and Community The Changing Face of American Democracy A Population That Is Growing and on the Move An Aging Population A Changing Complexion: Race and Ethnicity in the United States Changing Households: American Families Today Why the Changing Population Matters for Politics and Government Ideology: A Prism for Viewing American Democracy Liberalism Conservatism Other Ideologies on a Traditional Ideological Spectrum: Socialism and Libertarianism Neoconservatism A Three-Dimensional Political Compass Civic Engagement: Acting on Your Views Chapter 2: The Constitution What Is a Constitution? The Constitution of the United States of America Mission of the Constitution A Key Foundational Structure: Separation of Powers with Integrated Checks and Balances Another Key Structure: The Federal System Essential Processes of the National Government The Creation of the United States of America Colonization and Governance of America British Rule Incites a Rebellion The Common Sense of Declaring Independence The State Constitutions The Articles of Confederation (17811789) Crafting the Constitution: Compromise, Ratification, and Quick Amendment Conflict and Compromise over Representative Democracy Conflict and Compromise over Slavery The FederalistAnti-Federalist Debate The Bill of Rights (1791): Establishing Civil Liberties The Constitution as a Living, Evolving Document Formal Amendment of the Constitution Interpretation by the U.S. Supreme Court Constitution of the United States Chapter 3: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations An Overview of the U.S. Federal System Unitary System Confederal System Federal System Constitutional Distribution of Authority Concurrent Sovereign Authority National Sovereignty The Supreme Court's Interpretation of Delegated and Implied Powers State Sovereignty National Obligations to the States State-to-State Obligations: Horizontal Federalism New Judicial Federalism Evolution of the Federal System Dual Federalism Cooperative Federalism Centralized Federalism Conflicted Federalism Landmarks in the Evolution of Federalism: Key Constitutional Amendments Further Evolutionary Landmarks: Grants-in-Aid Federalism's Continuing Evolution: Mandates Today's Federalism: The Good, the Bad, and the Inevitable PART II: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES Chapter 4: Civil Liberties Civil Liberties in the American Legal System The Freedoms Protected in the American System The Historical Basis for American Civil Liberties: The Bill of Rights Incorporation of the Bill of Rights to Apply to the States Freedoms of Speech, Assembly, and the Press: First Amendment Freedoms in Support of Civic Engagement The First Amendment and Political Instability Freedom of Speech Freedom of Assembly and Redress of Grievances Freedom of the Press Freedoms of Religion, Privacy, and Criminal Due Process: Encouraging Inclusiveness and Community Engagement The First Amendment and Freedom of Religion The Right to Privacy The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments: Ensuring Crimina