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American Government: Vantage Learning Platform

American Government: Vantage Learning Platform
Stories of a Nation

Third Edition

April 2021 | CQ Press
ISBN: 978-1-0718-2064-3

About American Government: Stories of a Nation, Third Edition

In the Third Edition of American Government: Stories of a Nation, author Scott F. Abernathy tunes in to the voices of all Americans, showing how our diverse ideas shape the way we participate and behave, the laws we live by, and the challenges we face. From the Constitutional Convention to the 2020 presidential election, each chapter features rich, personal narratives that illustrate how the American political system is the product of strategies, calculations, and miscalculations of countless individuals. It focuses on real people, the actions they take, the struggles they face, and how their choices influence outcomes. The key concepts are memorable because they are tied to real politics, where students see political action and political choices shaping how institutions advance or impede the fulfillment of fundamental ideas. Participation is at the heart of this groundbreaking new text, with ample background on how we participate and why. Not only will all students see themselves reflected in the pages, but they will come to understand that they, too, are strategic players in American politics, with voices that matter.

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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?
Chapter 6: Political Participation: Carry That Weight
Chapter 7: Public Opinion: How Are Americans’ Voices Measured, and Do They Matter?
Chapter 8: The Media: Truth, Trust, and Power
Chapter 9: Political Parties: The Insurgents versus the Establishment
Chapter 10: Campaigns and Elections: Candidates and Voters in a Time of Uncertainty and Change
Chapter 11: Interest Groups and Social Movements: Collective Action, Power, and Representation
Chapter 12: Congress: Representation, Organization, and Legislation
Chapter 13: The American Presidency: Individuals, Institutions, and Power
Chapter 14: The Federal Bureaucracy: Putting the Nation’s Laws into Effect
Chapter 15: The Federal Judiciary: Politics, Power, and the “Least Dangerous” Branch
Chapter 16: Domestic Public Policy: The Politics of Promoting the General Welfare
Chapter 17: Economic Policy: Representing Americans’ Financial Interests
Chapter 18: Foreign Policy: Advancing American Interests in an Uncertain and Changing World


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  • New “Practicing Political Science” boxes that tackle topics such as police accountability in the media, the Federal Reserve’s response to COVID-19 and its implications on American monetary policy, and the effects of U.S. trade policy on different congressional districts. These boxes help students become more capable and critical readers of arguments made through data, images, and text.
  • New narratives keep students engaged by connecting key concepts to recent events and real people through topics such as #MeToo and the promises and challenges of digital political participation, an exploration into civil liberties through Supreme Court activity on the implication of cell-phone tracking data for fundamental rights and freedoms, and an analysis of the presidency of Donald Trump through this deeper question: How much does a president’s style and character actually impact their power and influence?
  • Up-to-date 2020 election coverage and analysis, particularly in the chapters on Congress, the presidency, and political parties, provide students with a current snapshot of the results and struggles of the 2020 elections.
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  • Updated throughout to account for recent developments including:
    • Coverage of the Trump administration;
    • Analysis of the outcome of the 2020 elections and the battle for the White House;
    • The centering of the study of public opinion—its impact, coherence and durability—on Black Lives Matter from the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis;
    • Updated figures and tables throughout including new political science research on polarization;
    • U.S., Russia, and China in an age of multipolarity in international affairs;
    • An analysis on the impact on women’s’ congressional representation of the elections of 2018 and 2020; and
    • Exploration of today’s American economy, including the impact of student loan debt, the debate over the minimum wage, and a rising federal deficit.

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