An excellent documentary has been developed by the History, Art, and Archives office of the U.S. House of Representatives entitled “Bridging History: Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965” that can be helpful resource to teachers to integrate into their lesson plans on the civil ...Read the rest of this topic
Federal Government Institutions and Practices
Both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate have standing, or permanent committees that fulfill critical work on behalf of the American public. Each committee, such as the House Agriculture Committee or the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)...Read the rest of this topic
Executive orders are directives issued by the president, including Presidential directives, National Security Directives, and Homeland Security Presidential Directives. Presidents have issued such orders since 1789. Such orders are open to the public, except for National Security Directives....Read the rest of this topic
Should we count people or citizens? How does the US Census affect states, money, resources or the Electoral College? What has been the history of the US Census? How have the courts ruled in the past? Should we amend the US Constitution in regards to the US Census?
With so much bouncing around in the news about the upcoming US Census, I am looking for lessons or resources to help teach the US Census in my classroom. I am certain my students will have many questions regarding this topic. If you have any information please share!
After reading about the bipartisan partnership between Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over banning lawmakers from becoming paid lobbyists, it got me to thinking. Should lawmakers be allowed to become paid lobbyists after they leave office? What are your thoughts?
Shayne Klein, teacher and Academic Dean at Raleigh Charter High School, and Chris Cavanaugh, Global Studies and AP US History teacher at Bismarck High School, presented "Federalism and the Executive Branch" on the Center for Civic Education's Constitution 101 online course. Check out the video!
What questions do you have about the executive branch and federalism?
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I am collecting data to help identify the real-world impact of political polarization brought on by social media interactions. The data that I collect will be used for my Master’s Thesis to complete my degree in Political Science at American Public University. The ...
The People’s House
The entrance to the U.S. House of Representatives is adorned by the following words of Alexander Hamilton, “Here, sir, the people govern.” For a representative democracy to work well it needs a fluid process of deliberation, negotiation and compromise. Indispensable to...Read the rest of this topic
The Framers of the Constitution intended Congress to be a deliberative body. This meant that it should thoroughly debate issues and avoid making hasty decisions. The bicameral structure of Congress made it difficult to pass laws, especially at the whim of popular majorities. The U.S. Senate ...Read the rest of this topic