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American Government- Vantage Learning Platform

American Government- Vantage Learning Platform
Stories of a Nation, Brief Edition

Third Edition

January 2023 | CQ Press

About American Government - Vantage Learning Platform, Brief Third Edition

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American Government: Stories of a Nation, Brief Third Edition is offered in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support. For a personalized demo, please contact your Sage representative

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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 Representation
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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Enables Easy, 3-Step Course Creation. Our simple interface enables you to create your course in minutes so you can focus on content. Just enter your course information, select your assignments and grading preferences, and review your settings.

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  • A student dashboard offers easy access to text content and visually tracks progress on assignments and assessments.
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  • Critical Thinking Checks and Chapter Quizzes provide summative assessments at the end of each chapter to measure progress and long-term retention.
  • Assignable multimedia activities—including video and data activities—build critical thinking and data literacy while consistently engaging students in an interactive application of text content.
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New to this Edition:
  • Up-to-date 2022 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 2022 elections.
  • Thoroughly updated throughout to account for recent developments. Please contact your SAGE sales rep for a list of chapter-by-chapter changes.
Key Features:
  • Learning Objectives at the start of each chapter guide students through their studies and are tied to features throughout the chapter to ensure those objectives are met.
  • Each chapter begins with a compelling narrative about real people that illuminates a central issue or problem the chapter will deal with, bringing those concepts to life. Abernathy picks up threads of those narratives throughout the chapter, seamlessly integrating the narrative into the core content. The following narratives are included in this edition:
    • How candidates during the 2020 and 2022 elections adapted their campaign strategies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • The promise and challenge of more inclusive representation in Congress; and
    • How individual presidents cultivate and present their own individual power in office.
  • Practicing Political Science boxes help students become more capable and critical readers of arguments made through data, images, and text.
  • Chapter Reviews at the end of each chapter are tied to the Learning Objectives and each of the major chapter sections, distilling key points students need to remember and Glossary terms to understand.
  • Appendices include the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Federalist Nos. 10 and 51, Political Party Affiliations in Congress and the Presidency, and a Summary of Presidential Elections.

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