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