American Government

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.

  • Topic:

    Politics, Law and Government
  • Subtopic:

    Politics (General)

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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.

Freedom of speech, of assembly, and of the press. The heated debate on health care 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.

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
"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

"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

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Librarian/Technology Coordinator
Auburn Riverside High School
Auburn, WA

"After purchasing the websites, I participated in an online training session which was both convenient and informative! Now I quickly set up customized research lists for the students to direct them to discussion questions and review activities they can complete in the library. The students love all the visual primary sources, especially when they are making posters or brochures for class."—Terrie Crockwell
Library Media Technician
Etiwanda High School
Etiwanda, CA

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Grace E. Metz Middle School
Manassas, VA

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Carpinteria, CA

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

2012 Education Software Review Award (EDDiE) — ComputEd Gazette

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

2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning

2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

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

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

2003 Curriculum Web Site Hall of Fame — District Administration

2002 Curriculum Web Site Awards, Premium Award — District Administration

Best Reference Source 2001 — Library Journal

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

2001 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

Districts' Choice Top 100 Award for 2001 — Curriculum Administrator

2001 Distinguished Achievement Award — EdPress

2001 Awards Portfolio Winner — Media & Methods Magazine