American Government

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American Government explains the foundations of our government, connects these concepts to the issues of the day, and examines the strengths and weaknesses of the political and economic systems of the United States by comparing them to those of other countries.

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 Analyze 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 over 13,000 primary and secondary sources, including 2,500 documents, 4,000 images, 250 maps, and 250 audio/video recordings
  • Presents over 2,200 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
  • Analyze sections pose questions such as "Should the federal government impose sin taxes on certain goods or behaviors?" and "Does the death penalty violate the Eighth Amendment?," inviting learners to examine 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


"[Presents] up-to-date information clearly and concisely for student use ... The site is well organized and easy to use, and I was impressed with how up-to-the-minute the news section was ... would be [a] valuable resource in middle school and high school social studies classrooms and libraries, as well as in public libraries."—KLIATT

"[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

"ABC-CLIO has entered the online subscription market with ... very solid, well-planned, easy-to-use products that will appeal to students."—Booklist

"This site would be a boon to busy teachers who want to use current events to enrich their social studies courses. Highly recommended. Editor's Choice."—The Book Report

"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


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

Effective Technology for Your Library 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
  • They each 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
  • They are more affordable than resources with far less content and fewer advanced features

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