American Government


Freedom of speech, of assembly, and of the press. The heated debates over U.S. military intervention abroad and immigration reform. How our two-party political system works (or doesn't work). Topics like these that are both tied to the principles of the Founding Fathers and on the minds of Americans today demonstrate how important the role of government is to all of us.

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American Government explains the structure and foundations of our government, connects these concepts to the issues of the day, and untangles complex questions about U.S. policy, the Constitution, and the political system.

The United States is deeply divided on issues like national security, civil rights, immigration, and health care reform. American Government not only provides quick access to reliable sources on these subjects, but also fosters information literacy on these important topics that are essential for the success of any student—regardless of age or grade level.

With American Government, users can learn from a wealth of short biographies, videos, quotes, and primary source documents. The information in this database is authoritative and engaging, and the unique presentation encourages active, informed, thoughtful citizenship.

American Government is aligned with standards and major textbooks, with curricular elements organized by topic, including the three branches of government; rights and liberties; and state, national, and international systems. The Perspectives sections are specifically designed to initiate critical thinking and the necessary tools for lively, historical inquiry. Additionally, this latest version is now integrated with 12 other online resources, enabling easy cross-searching and more comprehensive understanding of subject matter.


  • Contains more than 13,000 primary and secondary sources, including 2,500 documents, 4,000 images, 250 maps, and 250 audio/video recordings
  • Presents more than 2,500 biographies, including portraits of important historical and current government figures such as the Founding Fathers, U.S. presidents, and Supreme Court justices, as well as a continually updated roster of key federal bureaucrats, state governors, and members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate
  • Perspectives sections pose questions such as "Should the federal government impose sin taxes on certain goods or behaviors?"; "Should 'under God' be included in the Pledge of Allegiance?"; and "Does the death penalty violate the Eighth Amendment?" that invite learners to examine controversial issues from all angles and develop their critical thinking skills
  • Provides more than 75 activities on such fundamental concepts as "Roots of U.S. Government" and "Defining and Measuring Public Opinion"


  • An engaging, authoritative resource for researching the U.S. government at any level
  • Current events coverage that provides trustworthy, unbiased information
Advisory Board

Jeremy Gypton is a veteran educator with more than 14 years of experience in the classroom and as an administrator. His specialties are social studies curriculum and instruction, teacher coaching, and technology integration. He joined in 2014 as a Teacher Program Manager. Prior to his work with there, he served as a high school administrator and curriculum leader for three years, and a teacher of a variety of social studies courses for 11 years in Tucson, Arizona. He has taught both Advanced Placement U.S. History and U.S. Government and Politics as well as Dual Enrollment courses for Pima Community College in Tucson. He has extensive experience in curriculum studies, teacher professional development, and instructional technology. Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Arizona's College of Education and has master's degrees from American Military University and Grand Canyon University, in military studies and education administration, respectively. Jeremy is married and lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. John R. Vile is a professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University. He has written and edited more than 25 books; his most recent publications include Essential Supreme Court Decisions: Summaries of Leading Cases in U.S. Constitutional Law (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014); Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, fourth edition (ABC-CLIO, 2015); A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments, sixth edition (Praeger, 2015); Founding Documents of America: Documents Decoded (ABC-CLIO, 2015); and The United States Constitution: One Document, Many Choices (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Vile is a member of the American Mock Trial Association and was named to the American Mock Trial Association's Hall of Fame. MTSU awarded Vile its Outstanding Career Achievement Award in 2011.

Connie Williams, MLS, is a National Board Certified Teacher Librarian in the Petaluma City Schools, Petaluma, California, and an adjunct librarian at the Santa Rosa Junior College. She is a past president of the California School Library Association, member of the GODORT Government Information for Children Committee, and a member of the ALA/OITP Library Advisory Board. She has written about infographics, library advocacy, primary sources, professional development, and other educational topics for School Library Connections and other publications. She is coauthor of the forthcoming book Understanding Government Information: A Teaching Strategy Toolkit for Grades 7-12 (Libraries Unlimited, 2017).



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"[American Government] is a comprehensive reference tool suitable for students from middle school to college. It offers an impressive, unique venue for students and teachers..."—School Library Journal

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"This attractively designed 10,000-item database will help students learn about and become engaged in the political process ... Students will enjoy digging into the good content and strategically placed links."—Library Journal

"This already outstanding resource has been improved with a crisp, easy-to-use interface that few students should have difficulty mastering. Highly recommended for school and public libraries."—Booklist

"With over 12,000 primary and secondary sources . . . this resource examines the foundations and branches of government, civil liberties, policy, political behavior, and economic systems. Well-written topical essays consist of an overview, a visual representation, People & Organizations, Facts & Figures, a classroom activity, discussion questions, and primary sources. . . . this research tool is most effective when paired with ABC-CLIO's Issues database."—Library Journal


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Auburn Riverside High School
Auburn, WA

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2001 Distinguished Achievement Award — EdPress

Districts' Choice Top 100 Award for 2001 — Curriculum Administrator

2001 Awards Portfolio Winner — Media & Methods Magazine

2001 Best Web Site — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2002 Curriculum Web Site Awards, Premium Award — District Administration

2001 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

Best Reference Source 2001 — Library Journal

2003 Readers' Choice Award: K-12 Instructional Software — eSchool News

2003 Curriculum Web Site Hall of Fame — District Administration

2008 Best Social Studies Web Site — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning

2011 Best Social Studies Website — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2012 Education Software Review Award (EDDiE) — ComputEd Gazette

2013 CODiE Award Winner - Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution — SIIA

Series Description

ABC-CLIO Solutions School Editions

Offering effective technology for your library and created specifically for middle and high school students, ABC-CLIO Solutions Schools Edition provides authoritative coverage of essential topics in U.S. history and government, world history, geography, and a range of multicultural and popular culture subjects.

Each online ABC-CLIO Solution includes four innovative components:

A COMPREHENSIVE REFERENCE LIBRARY with content from more than 230,000 primary sources and entries encompassing audio, video, photographs, illustrations, maps, and rich media.

A STANDARDS-BASED CURRICULUM updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material.

A DEEP COLLECTION OF MODEL COMMENTARIES from noted scholars that have been specially commissioned to foster critical thinking stimulated by exposure to varying points of view.

AN EDUCATOR SUPPORT CENTER containing valuable professional development tools as well as relevant resources such as discussion points, activities, lesson plans, and research lists.


  • Updated daily with vetted, authoritative content, ABC-CLIO Solutions are always current, making outdated textbooks a thing of the past
  • Each Solutions database include a subject-specific library, a curriculum, unique model commentaries, and a full-featured educator support center
  • They’re online and available for students and educators to access anywhere, anytime
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