American Government provides a complete, multifaceted examination of the foundations of our government and political system that supports any curriculum or research project focused on the government of the United States.
Civil liberties and freedom of speech. The heated debate on health care reform. The viability of third parties. This database explains how the historical origins and structure of American government affects current issues and elucidates 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 our country's government—knowledge of which is essential for the success of any student regardless of age or grade level.
American Government is aligned to state and national 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. Users can learn from a wealth of short biographies, videos, quotes, and authoritative primary source documents. The Idea Exchange section offers informative, scholarly essays on topics that are mainstays of community college and undergraduate assignments. 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 more than 2,500 documents, 4,000 images, 250 maps, and 250 audio/video recordings
• Exclusive Idea Exchange sections offer thesis-driven, peer-reviewed essays about complex questions such as "Are administrative and bureaucratic agencies really the 'fourth branch' of the U.S. government?" and "What are the possible repercussions of the United States carrying a large national debt?"
• Includes over 2,200 biographies, among them portraits of such important historical and current government figures 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
• Provides more than 75 activities on fundamental concepts such 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