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Chapter 1.- American Government and Politics: The Stories of Our Nation

Chapter 2.- The Constitution: A New Vision of Government

Chapter 3.- Federalism: Dividing Power between the National Government and the States

Chapter 4.- Congress: Representation, Organization, and Legislation

Chapter 5.- The American Presidency: Individuals, Institutions, and Executive Power

Chapter 6.- The Federal Judiciary: Politics, Power, and the "Least Dangerous" Branch

Chapter 7.- The Federal Bureaucracy: Putting the Nation's Laws into Effect

Chapter 8.- Civil Liberties: Protecting Fundamental Freedoms

Chapter 9.- Civil Rights: What Is Equality?

Chapter 10.- American Political Culture: What Americans Believe

Chapter 11.- Public Opinion: Measuring Americans' Opinions

Chapter 12.- Political Ideology

Chapter 13.- Elections and Campaigns: Candidates and Voters in an Era of Demographic Change

Chapter 14.- Political Parties: The Outsiders versus the Establishment

Chapter 15.- Interest Groups and Social Movements: Collective Action, Power and Representation

Chapter 16.- The Media: New Technologies, Enduring Issues.

About the Author

Scott Abernathy
After working as an on-street counselor for homeless adolescents in Boston, Scott received a master of curriculum and instruction and taught fourth and seventh grades in Wisconsin public schools. Hoping to learn more about the underlying systems that drove educational outcomes, Scott completed an M.P.A in domestic policy and then a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. Scott is now an associate professor of political science and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is also the author of School Choice and the Future of American Democracy and No Child Left Behind and the Public Schools, both from University of Michigan Press.
Karen Waples
Karen Waples has taught since 1999, and is now at Holy Family High School in Colorado. She teaches AP (R) U.S. Government and Politics and AP (R) Comparative Government and she also conducts AP (R) workshops and institutes throughout the country. Karen was a member of the Curriculum Redesign Committee for the AP (R) U.S. Government and Politics course. Before becoming a teacher Karen was a trial attorney from 1985-1989. She received the Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in Education in 1997 and was recognized as a Cherry Creek High School teacher of the year in 2002.

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