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[TOC] Introduction Chapter 1: The Birth of a Nation Settling the New World The Struggle for Independence Articles of Confederation Drafting the Constitution The Process of Ratification Race to the Finish Line Chapter 2: The Constitution The Preamble Article I: Legislative Branch Article II: Executive Branch Article III: Judicial Branch Article IV: Relations among the States Article V: Amendments Article VI: National Supremacy Chapter 3: The Bill of Rights How the Bill Was Born Freedom of Expression The Right to Bear Arms Criminal Rights Amendments Ninth and Tenth Amendments: Protecting Rights Other Amendments to the Constitution Chapter 4: The House of Representatives The Peopleís House Take Me to Your Leader House by Committee Rules Rule Cliques and Caucuses So You Want to Be a Member? Chapter 5: The Senate Cooling Off the House The Privileges of Membership Who Runs This Place Subject to Debate Joining the Club Presidential Dreaming Chapter 6: Inside Congress Congress Is in Session The Congressmanís Roles Making Decisions Working with Others The Role of Staff House Versus Senate Chapter 7: Making a Law A Nation of Laws Introducing Legislation Committee Referral Committee Consideration Scheduling Debate Agreement Between the House and Senate Conference Committees Presidential Prerogative Chapter 8: The Presidency A Special Office The First American President Evolution of the Presidency A Day in the Life of a President Styles of Leadership Who Runs? Presidential Succession The First Lady Chapter 9: Powers of the President Chief Executive Head of State Commander-in-Chief Chief Diplomat Legislator-in-Chief Party Leader Comforter-in-Chief Chapter 10: The Vice Presidency The Early Years The Modern Vice Presidency Vice President as Successor Selecting a Vice President The Veepís Campaign Role The Changes Continue Chapter 11: Cabinet and Staff History and Purpose of the Cabinet Name That Cabinet Department Why Are New Departments Created? Those Who Serve in the Cabinet White House Staff Non-Governmental Advisors Chapter 12: The Rest of Federal Bureaucracy Basic Organization The Bureaucracyís Role in Government Who Are the Bureaucrats? Getting Appointed Controlling the Bureaucracy Attempts at Reform Chapter 13: The Federal Judiciary History of the Federal Judiciary Sources of American Law The Power of Judicial Review The Federal Court System Getting into Federal Court State Courts Chapter 14: The Supreme Court Through the Centuries Appointing Justices Making It to the Supreme Court How the Court Selects Its Docket Rendering a Decision Checks on the Supreme Court Chapter 15: The Federal Budget Control over the Federal Budget Office of Management and Budget The Budget Process Today Where Does the Money Go? Pork Barrel Spending Deficits and Debt Raising Revenues Chapter 16: Political Parties Evolution of the Two-Party System Republicans and Democrats Today The Party Issues Why a Two-Party System? The Role of Political Parties How the Parties Are Organized Chapter 17: Interest Groups What Are Interest Groups? Historically Speaking Types of Interest Groups Strategies and Tactics Regulating Lobbyists Influences over the Foreign Policy Chapter 18: The Media An Emerging Influence The Impact of the Internet The Role of Media in Government Influencing the Media The Function of Media in Political Campaigns The Media and the Presidency Chapter 19: Presidential Primaries and Elections The Process Getting Organized Debates and Straw Polls Winning the Nomination Nominating Conventions General Election The Electoral College Chapter 20: State Government Federal Versus State State Constitutions With Governor at the Helm Gubernatorial Powers State Legislatures Other Statewide Positions Reapportionment and Redistricting Chapter 21: Local Government County Government City Government New England Town Government Special Districts Regional Government Local Politics Chapter 22: Getting Involved Every Vote Counts! How to Vote Contacting Elected Officials Volunteering on a Political Campaign Joining an Interest Group Running for Office Appendix A: Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution Appendix B: Timeline of Events
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: United States Politics and government, Democracy United States