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Political Science Curriculum

American Government : A Complete Coursebook
by Ethel Wood, Steve Sansone


Kaplan U.S. History And Government Essential Review
Encore Software

The Kaplan U.S. History & Government Essential Review presents core information on the subject with an appealing, easy-to-use interface. It spans more than 500 years of major historic events, ranging from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to President Clinton's impeachment and acquittal. The program incorporates complete tables of the U.S. presidents and constitutional amendments, as well as a timeline of historical events from the country's founding to the start of the 21st century. The practice tests help students track progress and identify areas for further study, while the brainstorming, outlining, glossary, and bibliography programs will improve homework assignments and papers. Students will also benefit from tutorials and quizzes for each chapter, test-taking tips and strategies, context-sensitive help, and word-search and crossword puzzles that reinforce content.


Land of Fair Play , The
by Geoffrey Parsons, Edward Shewan

American Civics from a Christian perspetive. This book provides students with detailed information regarding how our local, state, and federal governments work. The primary emphasis of the text is designed to provide young people with the knowledge they need to properly and intelligently exercise their citizenship responsibilities. Comprehension and discussion questions at the end of each chapter aid students in their understanding of the text. Recommended for children in 8th grade.


Our Legal System Thematic Unit
by Katie Eyles

Our Legal System Thematic Unit is based on the following pieces of literature: the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and United States Supreme Court Library: Sandra Day O'Connor. This reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities. Also included are management ideas, creative suggestions for the classroom, and a bibliography.


U.S. Constitution Thematic Unit
by Mary Ellen Sterling

U.S. Constitution Thematic Unit is based on the following pieces of literature: Shh! We're Writing the Constitution, We the People, The Great Little Madison. This reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities. Also included are management ideas, creative suggestions for the classroom, and a bibliography.


Whatever Happened to Justice?
by Rick Maybury

Examines law and its connections with economics, discussing such areas as legal ethics, higher law, natural law, and common law.


You Decide: Applying the Bill of Rights to Real Cases - Student


You Decide: Applying the Bill of Rights to Real Cases - Teacher's Manual


Government

...If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
Elizabeth Levy


At Home With the Presidents
by Juddi Morris
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Stop by and visit the presidents and their families Fascinating stories and little-known facts about all the presidents! Like the rest of us, presidents get into scrapes as kids, share time with their families, and pursue hobbies. This engaging new book offers a quick glimpse into the home lives of our 42 Presidents. During their visits, young readers will discover that Andrew Jackson fought as many as 100 duels and that Teddy Roosevelt smoked cigars as a child because his doctors thought it would help his asthma. They'll romp around the White House with Teddy Roosevelt's children, dubbed "the White House Gang," who terrorized the President's mansion by pelting policemen with snowballs and roller-skating down the halls. Richly illustrated with photos and drawings, this book delivers the whole inside scoop. Filled with intriguing facts about each of the 42 U.S. Presidents Provides details on sites to visit, including presidential homes and libraries


Bill of Rights, The
by Patricia Ryon Quiri


Cabinet, The
Barbara Silberdick Feinberg

Provides a historical perspective for the development of the cabinet with heads of executive departments of government as advisers to the president.


Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of Our Founding Fathers
by John Eidsmoe

Using the writings of the founders and records of their conversations and activities, John Eidsmoe demonstrates the influence of Christianity on the political convictions of the founding fathers.


Citizenship
Jay Schleifer

Discusses the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens and notes some citizens who "made a difference."


Congress
by Patricia Ryon Quiri


Congress of the United States, The
Michael Kronenwetter

Discusses the history, purpose, and functioning of the Congress of the United States and the issues facing the legislative branch of government at the end of the 20th century.


Constitution, The
by Patricia Ryon Quiri


Defending the Declaration: How the Bible and Christianity Influenced the Writing of the Declaration of Independence
by Gary T. Amos

After ten years of research and four years of writing, Dr. Gary Amos reveals that the evidence from primary sources is irrefutable: underlying the Declaration of Independence is a foundation of Biblical principles and Christian influence. The Bible and Christianity -- not deism and secularism -- were the most important influences on the framers. Amos laments that America's educational system denies or ignores almost all this evidence. Evidence he believes to be undeniable.


Foundations of American Government, The

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This video demonstrates that many of the current concepts related to the "separation of Church and State" were never intended by the Founding Fathers. The program surveys and analyzes the historical records on the drafting of the First Amendment and shows how much the original intent has been perverted.


God and Government, Volume 1
by Gary DeMar

This first volume in the God & Government series begins with the basics: Self, family, church, and civil government; Ecclesiastical government; The origin and development of civil government; The purpose and function of civil government; Jesus and civil government; A Christian history of the United States; The relationship of Church and state; The relationship of Church and state in the First Amendment. 217 pages, paperback.


God and Government, Volume 2
by Gary DeMar

In this second volume in the series, Gary DeMar addresses issues such as: Developing a Biblical worldview; Worldviews in conflicts; Sovereignty and dominion; Sovereignty and ownership; Financing the state and God's Kingdom; The enemies of Biblical economics; The causes and conquest of poverty. Each volume in this series is self-teaching with questions, answers, and Bible references.


God and Government, Volume 3
by Gary DeMar

In this third volume in the God & Government series Gary DeMar talks solutions. How do we retore the republic? This volume includes: The Biblical view of authority; The enemies of Biblical authority; God's Sovereignty over the nations; The foundation of law; The Administration of Justice; Sovereignty and education; The future of government; And a list of books for further reading and study. Each volume in this series is self-teaching with questions, answers, and Bible references.


How to Be President: What to Do and Where to Go Once You're in Office
by Stephen Williams

Congratulations! You've won the election and taken your oath. You wake up on your first day in the White House—now what do you do? Where's the bathroom? How do you get breakfast? What time is your first meeting? When can you use Air Force One? Can you order a pizza from the Oval Office? What line do you use for personal phone calls? This fully illustrated, how-to, hands-on handbook explains the nuts and bolts of being the President of the United States. Discover how to read a teleprompter, greet foreign dignitaries, and light the White House Christmas tree. Learn where to sit at Cabinet meetings and whether you need to bring your own ball to the White House bowling alley. Your job benefits, vacation schedule, and all the other perks and duties are clearly explained in this indispensable manual. It's a tough job, and somebody's got to do it.


How to Dethrone the Imperial Judiciary
by Edwin Vieira
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The most important constitutional issues of this generation concern the meaning of the rule of law. For decades, the federal courts have been simply making up "law." What is worse, liberal and conservative lawmakers have been reinforcing such behavior by treating such rulings as if they are legitimate.

In the year 2003, this movement by the federal courts to redefine law reached its nadir. In the Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas, Justices Breyer, Ginsberg, Kenedy, Souter and Stevens pushed "judicial supremacy" to the outermost bounds of irresponsibility and arrogance---construing the Constitution according to foreign law, striking down traditional morality as a rational basis for legislation, and thereby repudiating the fundamental principles of liberty enshrined in our nation’s Declaration of Independence.

The federal judiciary has simply gone out of control. Today, one in every three Americans have been killed by abortion simply because a handful of unelected officials sanctioned it. But issues like abortion and homosexual marriages can be resolved immediately, without special Constitutional Amendments, if we will simply avail ourselves of the measures given to us by our Founding Fathers to hold renegade and lawless judges accountable for their behavior.

In this brilliant, accessible, and documented work, Dr. Edwin Vieira offers us the best-researched and clearest overview to date of the power of the people to control a runaway judiciary.


I Pledge Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance: With Commentary
by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Chris Raschka
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Whether kids want to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or respectfully decline, this straightforward and playfully illustrated guide clears up what the pledge really means--word by word, and line by line.

Two pledge-loving literacy experts (Michael Sampson and Bill Martin, Jr.) and one polite pledge-abstainer (Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Chris Raschka) have come together to explicate America's time-honored oath in plain, kid-friendly language: "I pledge (A pledge is a promise) allegiance to (Allegiance is loyalty) the flag (A flag is a symbol that stands for a place, a thing, or an idea. Making a promise to a flag usually means the same thing as making a promise to whatever the flag stands for.)." Sampson and Martin's annotations adequately convey the essential meaning behind the words, although understandably less so in the thornier sections: "under God (Many people believe that a democracy is a reflection of how God thinks--every single person is important.)"

I Pledge Allegiance also covers some of the history behind the pledge and the flag, but what kids will probably remember best--aside from the pledge itself--is Raschka's clever, winning collage work, which somehow manages to sum up ideas like liberty, justice, and God with a few quick strokes and scraps. (An 18-by-24-inch flag poster is included with the book.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes


If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
by Elizabeth Levy, Joan Holub (Illustrator), Richard Rosenblum (Illustrator)


Importance of the Electoral College, The
by George Grant
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What do George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jack Kennedy, Harry Truman, Woodrow Wilson, Abraham Lincoln, and eight other American Presidents have in common? Each received less than a majority of the votes cast in the election that elevated him into the White House. Nevertheless, the Presidency of the United States has enjoyed wide popularity and legitimacy. Why? Simply, the government of this greatest and freest nation the world has ever known has never aspired to or depended upon the forces of pure democracy.

Yet the question persists in the minds of many: How should Americans select their president? Were the Founding Fathers foolish elitists, or brilliant architects of a system designed to safeguard the American people from both tyranny by majority and tyranny by elites?

With many Democrats and liberals disappointed over the results of the 2000 presidential election, the raging controversies over vote counting in Florida and the victory of President George W. Bush in 2000 has ignited a debate over the legitimacy of our constitutional process for selecting presidents. The question: Should we scrap the Electoral College in favor of the direct election of presidents?

In this timely primer on the electoral process, Dr. George Grant makes the case for the brilliance, wisdom, and continuing necessity of the Electoral College. This book is a must for students, lawyers, statesmen, pastors, and citizens of all ages interested in understanding and defending the providential system of elections bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers.


Into the Third Century. The Supreme Court
Richard B. Bernstein and Jerome Agel

A history of the Supreme Court which explores such ideas as judicial review and federalism, introduces people who have shaped our history and our law, and assesses the modern Supreme Court.


Judge for Yourself: Famous American Trials for Readers Theatre
by Suzanne I. Barchers

Ten readers theatre scripts based on some of the most famous, sensational trials in U.S. history provide a fascinating glimpse into our past and our justice system. These compelling dramas are based on actual trial proceedings, and have been adapted to the interest and reading level of students in upper elementary and middle school. Details of the crime have been incorporated into the trial format allowing the story to unfold through the eyes of the jury. The verdict is detailed in a separate section, allowing students to decide what the outcome should be. These scripts are wonderful tools for enhancing history, social studies, civics, humanities, or the English program. They sharpen critical thinking skills through the deliberation process; help build and refine reading, oral presentation, and performance skills.


Liberating the Nations
by Stephen K. McDowell, Mark A. Beliles

How do we go about liberating the nations? By infusing into them the principles contained in the Bible. History has shown that the most free and prosperous nations have been those that most accurately applied the principles of Christianity in every sphere of life. Learn Biblical priciples of education, government, economics, law and family life. Examine the role of the church, the family, the media, and civil government in a nation, and learn what you can do to bring Godly reform. This book is being used by thousands of people in scores of countries.


More Perfect Union, A: The Story of Our Constitution
by Giulio Maestro, Betsy C. Maestro

This easy-to-understand book tells why and how the Constitution of the United States was created.


Powers of the Supreme Court
R. Conrad Stein

A brief overview explaining how the Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of our Constitution.


Presidency of the United States, The
Karen Judson

Discusses the history, powers, and duties of the executive branch of the United States government including the President, Vice President, the Cabinet, and independent agencies and commissions.


Presidency, The
by Patricia Ryon Quiri


President : America's Leader, The
Mary Oates Johnson

Discusses the powers of the president, the office, roles, qualifications, and presidents who have changed the office.


Rights and Responsibilities : Using Your Freedom
Frances Shuker-Haines.


Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
Jean Fritz

Describes how the Constitution came to be written and ratified. Also includes the full text of the document produced by the Constitutional Convention of 1787.


Shh! We're Writing the Constitution - Audio Cassette
by Jean Fritz


Standard Deviants - American Government 2-pack, The

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The Standard Deviants: American Government Part 1
An unorthodox lesson in civics is presented by the Standard Deviants, a cast of energetic young performers, in this video, which is designed as an extensive review guide for a course in American civics. Starting with the ethics of Aristotle and quickly jumping forward to philosophical concepts espoused by Locke and Hobbes, the performers present the basic background of American democracy in skits and recitations that are often oddball mnemonic devices. Topics covered include the theories behind democracy, the grievances the American colonists had against the British, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, and the eventual drafting and ratification of the Constitution. The landmark legal cases and the principles of civil rights are also covered. The approach to the subject matter may not be to everyone's liking, and at times the performers do seem to trivialize matters that are generally approached with some solemnity. However, this video has academic advisers, including professor Larry Sabato (a name familiar to viewers of public affairs programs). If the presentation is sometimes off the wall, the actual material is very solid, and even then it comes with disclaimer that it is intended as a review guide and is not a substitute for attending class. --Robert J. McNamara

The Standard Deviants: American Government 2
Continuing their unusual review course in civics, the Standard Deviants, a group of ebullient and youthful performers, forge ahead to explain via skits and various performance routines the venerable institutions of American democracy. This video begins with an explanation of the legislative branch, covering its history, powers, and the procedures by which it operates. The roles played by the Speaker of the House and other central figures are portrayed with purposely weird computer graphics and skits (complete with a congressional whip wielding, of course, a bullwhip). The powers of the president and the executive branch are also covered in detail, and an in-depth review of the judicial branch and its workings concludes the lessons. The approach to the material is never solemn and at times verges on the bizarre, and this won't be to everyone's liking. However, the academic advisers to this production have ensured that the material itself is solid, and it should be noted that the attempts at comedy are designed as mnemonic devices on the principle that something presented in an off-the-wall manner is easier to remember than the boring lectures that students endure and forget. --Robert J. McNamara


Story of the Pledge of Allegiance, The: Discovering Our Nations Heritage
by John Hudson Tiner

Teaches historical fact in a Christian light Did you know that although the Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892, the words “under God” were not added until 60 years later? This inspiring and informative series is written for those who have cherished our nation’s heritage for many years, as well as our children who are just beginning to appreciate what our country stands for. These books give the factual background behind some of the great icons of American patriotism and history. “The Story of...” series is a perfect way to instill patriotic values into the oncoming generation.


Supreme Court of the United States, The
Michael Kronenwetter

Discusses the history, powers, and duties of the nation's highest judicial body.


Supreme Court, The
by Patricia Ryon Quiri


Take a Stand: Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Government
Daniel Weizmann

Describes how the United States government works, and how to get involved in politics.


U.S. Presidency, The
Don Nardo

Examines the origins of the U.S. presidency and how it fits into the American system of government, as well as the many roles the president plays.


We the Kids : The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States
by David Catrow

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Sooner or later, just about every American kid is required to memorize the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. And until now, it was one of the more boring, meaningless assignments. But artist and political cartoonist David Catrow (Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon ) has changed all that with his witty, clear-as-a-Liberty-Bell picture book. For him, the Constitution is "a kind of how-to book, showing us ways to have happiness, safety, and comfort." With laugh-out-loud cartoony illustrations, and the actual words of the Preamble as the only text, Catrow depicts a camping trip taken by a diverse, bumbling group of friends, demonstrating the rights and responsibilities the Constitution places on all Americans, young and old. In one especially winning picture, the kids' long-nosed, long-eared pooch provides "for the common defense," keeping lackadaisical guard over the camp as the three human friends yuk it up in silhouette inside the tent. Readers will never yawn at mention of the Constitution again! (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter


We Will Prevail: President George W. Bush on War, Terrorism and Freedom
by George W. Bush, Peggy Noonan, Jay Nordlinger

Here are the essential major speeches and statements by President George W. Bush on the most important issue facing the United States and perhaps the world today: global terrorism. The book begins with the terrible events of September 11, 2001, and concludes on Memorial Day, May 31, 2003, following the end of the war in Iraq. "We Will Prevail" is a definitive and timely record of the new foreign-policy doctrines and international direction of the United States since 9/11. It is inspiring, in the words of praise from President Bush for the people who lost their lives on that day - many in service to others - as well as in the global war on terror. This book is certain to spark controversy and be studied for years to come. The White House counsel has approved this publication which includes State of the Union addresses from 2002 and 2003 as well as the speech from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.


You Are the Senator
Nathan Aaseng

Examines eight historic decisions of the United States Senate: Prohibition, the Social Security Act, the Taft-Hartley Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, direct election of the president, the War Powers Act, the Gramm-Rudman bill, and the Brady bill.


You are the Supreme Court Justice
Nathan Aaseng


Your Government
Ted Silveira

Explores how the federal, state, and local governments work, how laws are created, and the operation of the court system.


Political Science

America’s Godly Heritage

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This presentation sets forth the beliefs of many of the famous Founding Fathers concerning the proper role of Christian principles in education, government, and the public affairs of the nation. The beliefs of Founders such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams are clearly presented, accompanied by famous artwork from America's history. Additionally, see excerpts from court cases which demonstrate that for 160 years, Christian principles were inseparable from public affairs


Ancient Rome : How It Affects You Today
by Richard J. Maybury


Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?
by Richard J. Maybury


Basic Content Analysis
by Robert Philip Weber

Completely revised and updated, this second edition offers a concise introduction to content analysis methods from a social science perspective. Includes new computer applications, new studies, and a new chapter on problems and issues that can arise in performing content analysis in four major areas: measurement, indication, representation, and interpretation.


Diversity: The Invention of a Concept
by Peter Wood
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Diversity is America's newest cultural ideal. Corporations alter their recruitment and hiring policy in the name of a diverse workforce. Universities institute new admissions rules in the name of a diverse student body. What its proponents have in mind when they cite the compelling importance of diversity, Peter Wood argues in this elegant work, is not the dictionary meaning of the word—variety and multiplicity—but rather a set of prescribed numerical outcomes in terms of racial and ethnic makeup. Writing with wit and erudition, Wood has undertaken in this entertaining book nothing less than the biography of a concept. Drawing on his experience as a social scientist, he traces the birth and evolution of "diversity." He shows how diversity sprawls across politics, law, education, business, entertainment, personal aspiration, religion, and the arts, as an encompassing claim about human identity. It asserts the principle that people are, above all else, members of social groups and products of the historical experiences of those groups. In this sense, Wood shows, diversity is profoundly anti-individualist and at odds with America's older ideals of liberty and equality. Wood warns that as a political ideology, diversity undercuts America's long effort to overcome racial division. He shows how the ideology of diversity has propelled the Neo-racialists on the political Right as well as those on the multi-culturalist Left. But even if the diversity movement did not exacerbate racial and social division, he believes that it would be a questionable cultural ideal. As Wood points out, "Our liberty and our equality demand that we hold one another to common standards and that we reject all hierarchy based on heredity—even the hierarchy that comes about when we grant present privileges to make up for past privileges denied."


Drawn & Quartered: The History of American Political Cartoons
by Stephen Hess, Sandy Northrop

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It's hard to imagine a book on this topic that's better than Drawn and Quartered. Authors Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop have created a history that is lucid, authoritative, and fun. The profuse illustrations are, as one would expect, varied and entertaining. Even better, the cartoons featured do an excellent job of demonstrating the evolution of political cartooning from Ben Franklin (America's first editorial cartoonist) to the present.

Hess and Northrop do an excellent job of relating cartoons to the political and social climate in which they were created. For example, "Caricatures of [Martin Luther] King, Malcolm X, and the other African American leaders who rose to prominence [in the 1950s and 1960s] are hard to find. Cartoonists and their newspapers grew so sensitive to the volatility of caricaturing black leaders, fearing that they would be perceived as racial slurs.... Instead, cartoonists employed generic situations and peopled them with generic black figures. Martin Luther King Jr. became an invisible man in the cartoons of the [era]."

Readers casually interested in the topic will find Drawn and Quartered an entertaining and unique book. Aficionados will be satisfied with the book's sagacity and depth, and may even discover illustrators that they did not know. All will agree that Hess and Northrop deserve a round of applause. --Michael Gerber


History of the Democratic Party, The
by Bruce Fish, Becky Durost Fish


History of the Republican Party
by Norma Jean Lutz, Arthur Meier Schlesinger


Importance of the Electoral College, The
by George Grant
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What do George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jack Kennedy, Harry Truman, Woodrow Wilson, Abraham Lincoln, and eight other American Presidents have in common? Each received less than a majority of the votes cast in the election that elevated him into the White House. Nevertheless, the Presidency of the United States has enjoyed wide popularity and legitimacy. Why? Simply, the government of this greatest and freest nation the world has ever known has never aspired to or depended upon the forces of pure democracy.

Yet the question persists in the minds of many: How should Americans select their president? Were the Founding Fathers foolish elitists, or brilliant architects of a system designed to safeguard the American people from both tyranny by majority and tyranny by elites?

With many Democrats and liberals disappointed over the results of the 2000 presidential election, the raging controversies over vote counting in Florida and the victory of President George W. Bush in 2000 has ignited a debate over the legitimacy of our constitutional process for selecting presidents. The question: Should we scrap the Electoral College in favor of the direct election of presidents?

In this timely primer on the electoral process, Dr. George Grant makes the case for the brilliance, wisdom, and continuing necessity of the Electoral College. This book is a must for students, lawyers, statesmen, pastors, and citizens of all ages interested in understanding and defending the providential system of elections bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers.


Keys to Good Government

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America was founded as a unique experiment based on some clear moral assumptions. However, today scandal and corruption in government affairs have become so common as to be almost taken for granted. How does the present situation differ from the original vision? Discover the keys to good government by investigating the wise counsel and instruction of early leaders. David Barton argues that the key to our future may lie in rediscovering our past!


Marriage Under Fire : Why We Must Win This Battle
by James Dobson

In his newest release, Marriage Under Fire, Dr. Dobson addresses the dire ramifications of judicial activism and presents compelling arguments against the legalization of homosexual unions - mobilizing the Christian community to respond to a call to action. "I understand both the busy-ness of daily life and the intimidation that the average man or woman feels in the face of this overwhelming cultural challenge. But we need to work together. Maybe you want to make a difference but you simply don't know what to do. May this book encourage you for the battle ahead, as we fight to save the institution of the family ." --Dr. James Dobson


On Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding
by Michael Novak
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"In one key respect, the way the story of the United States has been told for the past one hundred years is wrong," writes Michael Novak. "To read most philosophers and historians of the American polity today is to learn that America is an historical embodiment of secular philosophy, the Enlightenment." Nothing could be further from the truth, says Novak, who sets out to demonstrate just how important religious faith was to the founders. He makes a spirited case, noting, for example, that the very first act of the First Continental Congress, in 1774, was to make a public prayer. Of the 3,154 "citations in the writings of the founders," 34 percent are to the Bible. He provides dozens of similar examples. On Two Wings does not proceed as a traditional narrative; Novak favors extensive block quotations from his sources and conveys a whole chapter in question-and-answer format. In addition, a major part of the book is an appendix that provides brief sketches of the lesser-known founders. What the book lacks in narrative elegance it makes up for in forceful argument-- it pulls off the trick of being both brief and thorough. Readers who admire Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis will appreciate this book, especially if they are religiously inclined. --John Miller


Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition
by Gary L. Gregg (Editor), Matthew Spalding (Editor), William J. Bennett, William B. Allen, Richard Brookhiser, Forrest McDonald, Victor Davis Hanson, Bruce S. Thornton, Mackubin Owens, Ryan J. Barilleaux, Mark Rozell, Virginia Arbery, Mark Thislethwaite
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December 14, 1999, marked the 200th anniversary of the death of George Washington. This lavishly illustrated volume commemorates the life and legacy of America's Founding Father by bringing noteworthy scholars and authors together for a timely and topical consideration of Washington's enduring importance.


Politics in America
Joseph A. Alvarez

Discusses the role of politics in government and describes the development of political parties.


Propaganda: Understanding the Power of Persuasion
by Ray Spangenburg, Kit Moser, Diane Moser

Whether it is to buy a certain brand of jeans or to not smoke, teens are constantly being persuaded by propagandists. In Propaganda: Understanding the Power of Persuasion, authors Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser make teens aware of what propaganda is and how it is present in everyday life. They show how it has been used in times of war to help build morale and fight the enemy. They explain how not all propaganda is bad; some of it is designed to discourage teens from taking drugs or smoking. The authors teach teens how to read between the lines and be aware of the methods of persuasion used on them.


Student's Guide to Political Philosophy, A
Harvey C. Mansfield
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Behind the daily headlines on presidential races and local elections is the theory of the polity—or what the end of our politics should be. Harvard's Harvey C. Mansfield, one of America's leading political theorists, explains why our quest for the good life must address the type of government we seek to uphold. He directs our gaze to the thinkers and philosophies and classic works that have proved most influential throughout the ages.


Take Action! A Guide to Active Citizenship
by Marc Kielburger, Craig Kielburger

Inspired by the vision, spirit, and activities of thousands of kids working to improve the lives of others, Take Action! shows how you, too, can change the world. Authors Marc Kielburger and Craig Kielburger are the founders of Leaders Today, an organization dedicated to helping young people realize their fullest potential and become socially involved. Their remarkable work has been profiled on Oprah and on many national news shows, as well as in magazines and newspapers across the U.S. and Canada. Now, with Take Action!, they provide easy-to-follow guidelines for making a difference in the lives of people all over the globe.

By following the valuable tips, strategies, and examples in this book, you’ll get organized and start tackling important issues in your community, your school, your country, and around the world. From writing letters and public speaking to planning fundraisers, preparing petitions, and working with the media, Take Action! covers all the basics of how to become socially involved–and have fun at the same time! You’ll discover how you and your friends can join the fight for children’s rights, get involved in environmental issues, help those suffering from hunger and poverty, and much more. You’ll also meet other extraordinary young people like yourself who turned their thoughts and passion into action and have made a tremendous impact on these issues.


Total Power of One in America, 2nd Ed.
by Fred Holden
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The Total Power of One in America is a 562+ page book that discusses everything you need to know to be a powerful person and citizen. According to the book jacket, this book can help you be better informed about America's economic, business, politicial and government systems. It can also show you how to have a richer life by making a positive difference in the world around you.


You Are the Senator
Nathan Aaseng

Examines eight historic decisions of the United States Senate: Prohibition, the Social Security Act, the Taft-Hartley Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, direct election of the president, the War Powers Act, the Gramm-Rudman bill, and the Brady bill.


Elections

America Votes: How Our President Is Elected
by Linda Granfield (Author), Steve Bjorkman (Illustrator)

Kids shouldn't have to wait until they're old enough to vote to get caught up in the excitement of presidential elections! From the first primaries, through the party conventions, to the final count at the polls, the race for the presidency is a whirlwind of passionate speeches, sensational campaigns and new beginnings that every American can be a part of!


Canada Votes - 6th Revised Edition: How We Elect Our Government
by Linda Granfield (Author), Craig Terlson (Illustrator)

Kids get a close-up look at the political process and explore all aspects of an election -- from the day Parliament is dissolved to the day after the polls close. Granfield charts the evolution of elections to the present day, when a candidate's media image can make or break the campaign. Canada Votes let kids in on how voting lists are now compiled electronically, what issue the last national referendum decided and more.


Duck for President
by Doreen Cronin (Author), Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)

It is our pleasure, our honor, our duty as citizens to present to you Duck for President. Here is a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer. To governor. And now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land.

Some say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he is a duck.

We say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he will be the next president of the United States of America.

Thank you for your vote.


Election Connection: The Official Nick Guide to Electing the President
by Nickelodeon

An open election system is the foundation of our democracy...and there's no reason that learning about it can't be fun! This snazzy book is chockful of information, fascinating trivia, activities -- and favorite Nickelodeon characters. Kids will have a blast learning about the nuts-and-bolts of the process, presidents past and present, and more! The vote is in: This book is a must-have for home and classroom alike.


GeoPuzzle Red State - Blue State Political Map
by GeoPuzzle

A fun way to learn about the U.S. Presidential elections, history, and geography! 118 Pieces With 1 Red Piece and 1 Blue Piece For Each State


Hail to the Chief
by TaliCor

Amazon Review
The board game Hail to the Chief can take the humdrum out of learning all about our nation's presidents, the election process, U.S. history, and geography. The object is to be the first "candidate" to land on the Presidential Seal. The game, designed for children and adults to play together, is divided into two parts: the Convention and the Campaign. During the Convention, you, the delegate, must accumulate enough correct answers about presidents and the presidency to advance to the Campaign portion, where you'll have to answer questions about U.S. history and geography. The beauty of this game is that the questions are grouped into four difficulty ratings--easy child, hard child, easy adult, hard adult--so players of all knowledge levels can play together. Some of the easy questions are really easy ("Name the national anthem of the U.S."), while others seem a bit obscure ("Did Dakota Territory troops fight in the Civil War?"). The game also tests your honor, since the answers to many questions appear visually on the board itself ("What are the states that border Lake Michigan?"). This Aristoplay game is a Parents' Choice Award winner, and it's no wonder--the trivia-style game helps kids learn in a fun setting and lets adults brush up on seventh-grade history and our democratic process. --Diane Tuman


If I Ran for President
by Catherine Stier (Author), Lynne Avril (Illustrator)

Imagine starring in commercials and traveling in your own campaign bus! Or seeing your face on bumper stickers and T-shirts!

If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television. Finally, in November, Election Day would arrive. You would keep your fingers crossed and wait for the results-will you be the next president of the United States?

A multicultural cast of children imagines what it would be like to run for president. The entertaining yet informative text is a good conversation starter for discussions on the election process. A note about this process accompanies the story.


Our Elections
by Richard Steins

I Know America
Describes the democratic process, the presidential election, and elections that shaped our country's history.


Politics, the American Government in Action
by Chum Chum Game Company

Politics is a board game for 2-6 players ages 8 to 108. Politics is a game that allows you to enjoy the highs and lows of a political career from Mayor to President. Politics is simple to learn. You do not need to know or like politics to play, enjoy and win the game. Unlike real politicians, if you have a bad run in your political career, you can just play again. The more you play Politics, the deeper your levels of strategy and interactive play develop. Contents: Game board, 6 playing pieces with matching markers, 1 4-sided die, Political Money, Score Sheets, 6 patriotic pencils, 43 Politics Cards, and 7 Election Gold Cards.


Presidential Elections
by Miles Harvey


Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts
by Syl Sobel, Jill Wood (Illustrator)

Amazon.com
Which three pairs of relatives have been U.S. presidents? What is the electoral college? What's a caucus? How often has the vice president become president? The answers to these and many other questions about the presidential elections are revealed in this quick, friendly read by the author of How the U.S. Government Works. Guiding young readers through the complicated process of determining the leader of the country, the book includes chapters on the rules for electing the president, the electoral college, the presidential campaign, and the procedure and order of succession if something happens to the president. A glossary and selected bibliography provide useful fodder for future student research. Sprinkled throughout are fascinating tidbits on past presidents and their wives. In the 1948 election, for example, the Chicago Tribune was so sure Thomas Dewey had won the close race against Harry S. Truman, they printed a front-page story with the headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman." Imagine their chagrin when all the votes were counted and Truman had won!

Sobel does a fine job of extracting the relevant information from the elaborate electoral process, and making it manageable for elementary school-aged children (but watch out for typos!). Jill Wood's blue line drawings add interest to the well-balanced text. (Ages 8 to 11) --Emilie Coulter


Running for Office: A Look at Political Campaigns
by Sandra Donovan

What does it take to run for a political office? Candidates must announce that they are running for an office, hire a campaign staff, and raise money to run the campaign. They may have to win the endorsement of their political party, win a primary election, or both. Then candidates hit the campaign trail. They meet voters face-to-face at rallies and when they go door-to-door. They also get their message out through radio and television commercials, through mailings and telephone calls, and over the Internet. As election day approaches, voters cannot avoid hearing the many messages of the different candidates. Who will they choose?


Student's Atlas of American Presidential Elections 1789-1996
by Fred L. Israel


Voice of the People, The: American Democracy in Action
by Giulio Maestro and Betsy C. Maestro

How do our leaders, from mayor to President and Supreme Court Justices, go about getting their jobs, and just what are their jobs? Learn what every good citizen needs to know about American democracy in action.


Vote!
by Eileen Christelow

Using a town"s mayoral election as a model, this lively introduction to voting covers every step in the process, from the start of the campaign all the way to the voting booth. There"s even a recount! The cast of characters includes two dogs (and a cat), whose questions and comments mirror those of young readers and help to explain some of an election"s more confusing aspects. Told with clarity and wit in Eileen Christelow"s signature comic-book style and vetted by an expert in voter education, this look at how we choose our leaders turns an often daunting topic into an exciting narrative. Who would have guessed that learning about voting could be so much fun? A timeline of the history of voting in the United States, a glossary of words associated with voting, a discussion of American political parties, and a list of Internet resources are included.


Women's Voting Rights
by Miles Harvey


Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
by Peter W. Barnes, Cheryl Shaw Barnes (Illustrator)

After spending much of his life volunteering and holding political office, Gov. Washingtail runs for president of the United Mice of America, making speeches and campaigning through all the primaries and conventions until the final election.


You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?
by Jean Fritz, Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan (Illustrator)

Who says women shouldn't speak in public? And why can't they vote? These are questions Elizabeth Cady Stanton grew up asking herself. Her father believed that girls didn't count as much as boys, and her own husband once got so embarrassed when she spoke at a convention that he left town. Luckily Lizzie wasn't one to let society stop her from fighting for equality for everyone. And though she didn't live long enough to see women get to vote, our entire country benefited from her fight for women's rights.


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