Introduction To Government
In this unit, you will be introduced to the concept of government and how politics works. A functioning republic (democracy if you prefer) relies on the educated participation of its citizens. Before you are old enough to participate in the political process, you will investigate the purposes and functions of government and analyze different forms of government that exist in the world.
Do you know enough to pass the U.S. citizenship test?
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Rulers of Time
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In this unit, you will investigate the historical context in which our constitution was written. You will look at the Articles of Confederation, our nation's first form of government, and analyze the problems that led to its quick death. You will also look at the debates surrounding the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Basically, this unit is all about the Constitution. But you probably already got that.
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11,000 Failed Attempts to Change America
Federalism, quite simply, is the division of power between the federal, or national, government and state governments. The Constitution lays out the powers and limits on power of the federal government, leaving all other powers to the states. But since the Great Depression, the federal government has become more involved in traditional state matters. In this unit, we'll investigate the power struggle between the states and the federal government and analyze the benefits and drawbacks of a federal system of government.