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American Government


by Edward J. Lordan, Abigaile VanHorn, John R. Vile, and Nita Lang, Editors

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A topic as essential to undergraduate education and responsible citizenship as the history and intricacies of the United States government necessitates the scholarship and coverage found in the American Government database.

For coursework and research in American history and political science, American Government hosts a balanced and comprehensive selection of reference material. Original content—including vetted journal articles—probes the historical origins and unique structure of the U.S. government; its effect on current events and issues; its strengths and weaknesses, considered domestically and in connection with foreign policy; and much more. A wealth of biographies, videos, quotes, and authoritative primary source documents also contribute to this truly multifaceted research resource, while regular content updates ensure the database's currency.


  • More than 14,000 primary and secondary sources, including more than 2,000 documents, 5,000 images, 200 maps, and 300 audio/video recordings
  • Roughly 100 thesis-driven, peer-reviewed essays from scholars such as Eric J. Segall and Raymond A. Smith that address complex topics such as rights for undocumented persons and length of term for Supreme Court Justices
  • More than 2,300 biographies, among them portraits of such important historical 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. Congress
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The ABC-CLIO Solutions Academic Edition suite supplies the digital reference collections and full-text scholarship integral to undergraduate research in the humanities. In each of the suite's 14 dynamic and discipline-specific databases, student researchers are empowered to broaden their understandings, analyze historical and societal complexities, and develop innovative and informed perspectives.

Contributions from more than 3,000 field scholars and real-time updates ensure researchers are always accessing relevant and credible material. Across all 14 databases, investigations into critical topics yield three integrated but distinct content components to support thesis-driven research:

Original journal articles, authored by leading academics and vetted by advisory boards of credentialed experts, that offer varied viewpoints on the complexities and nuances inherent in the discipline to serve as both sources and exemplars of evidence-based scholarly thought,

A robust reference library that draws from 200,000+ primary and secondary sources, including media and data,

And a course companion, comprised of both text and video lectures, designed to reinforce coursework or drive independent study.


  • Coverage spans the humanities, from core disciplines like American history to emergent fields of study, including modern genocide and popular culture.
  • All material is authored by accomplished academics and vetted by database-specific advisory boards, while daily updates across the suite ensure that database content evolves to reflect changing understandings and developments in the field.
  • Both browsing and linear learning are supported by the databases' topic center structure, with each topic center housing a variety of relevant content including primary sources, reference material, and journal articles.
  • Targeted research is served by the federated search engine, which pulls content from across multiple databases to connect students with any and all applicable material. Researchers can then apply advanced search filters to locate the precise resources they seek.
  • Built-in tools are available to support and streamline the research process, including the cite tool for instant citation generation and the CLIOview feature for comparative data analysis.
Advisory Board

Edward J. Lordan is a professor of communication studies at West Chester University, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor's degree from West Chester University, a master's degree from Temple University, and a doctorate from the Newhouse School At Syracuse University. Lordan has taught courses in communication theory, public relations, advertising, political communication and media history for two decades at five different universities. He has published more than two dozen papers in academic publications as well as three books: Essentials of Public Relations Management (Burnham, Inc. Publishers), Politics, Ink: How American Editorial Cartoonists Skewer Politicians, From King George III to George Dubya (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), and The Case for Combat: How Presidents Persuade Americans To Go To War (Praeger), which traces the history of presidential war rhetoric in America.

Abigaile VanHorn is adjunct professor of political science and assistant director of leadership programs at North Central College and a learning instructor at Central Texas College. She has also served as educational consultant to assess career and college readiness for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Educational Research. Her areas of research include women and politics, political communication, political behavior and institutions, U.S. campaigns and elections, and the science of teaching and learning. Dr. VanHorn's writing has appeared in the Encyclopedia of Political Science (CQ Press, 2010) and the Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History (CQ Press, 2010). She earned her PhD in political science from Purdue University.

John R. Vile, PhD, 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 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.

Nita Lang is Editorial Specialist for ABC-CLIO's electronic program in American government and popular culture. Alongside her team, she writes, edits, and acquires content for the company's award-winning American Government and Popular Culture Universe databases. She has a BA in English from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

Topic Centers


Foundations of American Government
• Principles of Government
• Origins of American Government
• The Constitution
Judicial Branch
• The Federal Courts
• The Supreme Court in Action
Domestic and Foreign Policy
• Domestic Policy
• Economic Policy
• Foreign Policy
Legislative Branch
• Congress
• Congress in Action
Rights and Liberties
• Civil Liberties
• Civil Rights
Political and Economic Systems
• Comparative Political Systems
• Comparative Economic Systems
Executive Branch
• The Presidency
• The Presidency in Action
Political Behavior
• Political Parties
• Public Opinion and Mass Media
• Interest Groups
• Elections and Voting
State and Local Government
• Local Government
• State Government




"ABC CLIO's American Government database provides a thorough overview that students and researchers alike will find useful. . . . One of the many useful features of this database is that it carefully explores reality. . . . Overall, the American Government database is a helpful resource for students. This database is recommended for academic and high school libraries."ARBA

"ABC-CLIO envisions American Government serving as both reference resource and undergraduate textbook. Thanks to the ease of use, level of detail, suggested activities and discussion questions, and most importantly the IE feature, it has the potential to do both."Choice

"ABC-CLIO has provided student researchers and educators alike with outstanding reference tools whose ease of use, expansive coverage, and analytical components make them great additions for libraries serving both high-school and undergraduate institutions. Highly recommended."Booklist


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