American Government is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American government course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including Insider Perspective features and a Get Connected Module that shows students how they can get engaged in the political process. The book provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of American government and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. American Government includes updated information on the 2016 presidential election.
The principles, institutions, processes, and functions of the government of the United States, and American political behavior are covered.
Chapter 1: American Government and Civic Engagement
Chapter 2: The Constitution and Its Origins
Chapter 3: American Federalism
Chapter 4: Civil Liberties
Chapter 5: Civil Rights
Chapter 6: The Politics of Public Opinion
Chapter 7: Voting and Elections
Chapter 8: The Media
Chapter 9: Political Parties
Chapter 10: Interest Groups and Lobbying
Chapter 11: Congress
Chapter 12: The Presidency
Chapter 13: The Courts
Chapter 14: State and Local Government
Chapter 15: The Bureaucracy
Chapter 16: Domestic Policy
Chapter 17: Foreign Policy
U.S. History is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of most introductory courses. The text provides a balanced approach to U.S. history, considering the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from both the top down (politics, economics, diplomacy) and bottom up (eyewitness accounts, lived experience). U.S. History covers key forces that form the American experience, with particular attention to issues of race, class, and gender.