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American Government

American Government
Stories of a Nation, Brief Edition

Second Edition

January 2021 | 600 pages | CQ Press
American government is not just one story—it’s many stories. Our stories. And they are still being told.


In American Government: Stories of a Nation, Second Edition, author Scott Abernathy tunes in to the voices of America’s people, showing how diverse ideas throughout our nation’s history have shaped our political institutions, our identities, the way we participate and behave, the laws we live by, and the challenges we face. His storytelling approach brings the core concepts of government to life, making them meaningful and memorable, and allowing all students to see themselves reflected in the pages. For the new edition of Brief, Abernathy has carefully condensed and updated the content from the Full 3rd Edition version, giving your students the information they need--and the stories they relate to--in a more concise, value-oriented package.

Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: American Political Stories: Claiming Rights, Demanding to Be Heard
Chapter 2: The Constitution of the United States: A New Vision of Representative Government
Chapter 3: Federalism: The Changing Boundaries between the Nation and the States
Chapter 4: Civil Liberties: Building and Defending Fences
Chapter 5: Civil Rights: How Equal is Equal?
Part II: Political Behavior and Mass Politics
Chapter 6: Public Opinion: How Are Americans’ Voices Measured, and Do They Matter?
Chapter 7: The Media: Truth, Trust, and Power
Chapter 8: Parties, Elections, and Participation: Making Representative Democracy Happen
Chapter 9: Interest Groups and Social Movements: Collective Action, Power, and
Part III: Institutions
Chapter 10: Congress: Representation, Organization, and Legislation
Chapter 11: The American Presidency: Individuals, Institutions, and Power
Chapter 12: The Federal Bureaucracy: Putting the Nation’s Laws into Effect
Chapter 13: The Federal Judiciary: Politics, Power, and the “Least Dangerous” Branch
Part IV: Policy
Chapter 14: Public Policy: Promoting the General Welfare and Advancing Americans’ Interests


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