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The complete idiot's guide to American government

Author: Melanie Fonder; Mary M Shaffrey
Publisher: Indianapolis, Ind. : Alpha, ©2002.
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Explains how the government works and the functions of its many parts, covering such topics as the system of checks and balances, the Constitution, and the division of state and federal powers.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melanie Fonder; Mary M Shaffrey
ISBN: 0028643534 9780028643533
OCLC Number: 49892840
Description: xxi, 361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Building a government: Putting it in writing: Documents that led to freedom, democracy, and the American way --
More perfect union: Closer look at the main body of the Constitution, the oldest document of its kind in use in the world today --
Bill of Rights: How the framers of the Constitution ensured the basic rights of all Americans --
Keeping the Constitution alive: How the Constitution has changed over the years, largely in response to perceived shortcomings in the governing process --
Buck stops here: Hail to the chief: Why we call the central figure responsible for American government "Mr. President" instead of "His Highness" --
Second in command-Vice President: History hasn't been especially kind to the role of the vice president. Here's a look at some of the 46 men who have served in this position --
Advising the President: All about the members of the president's cabinet-some of the most influential people in government --
Shaping the Presidency: Each president has left some mark on the office and the nation. Some were noteworthy for what they did for both; others were infamous for what they did to both --
Role of the First Lady: Find out about the job that has fascinated the American people since the days of Martha Washington --
Checks and balances: Lower house: How the House of Representatives differs in from and function from the Senate --
Upper house: Where some of the most important debates in American government take place --
Congressional authority: How bills become laws --
Congress at work: Day in the life of a member of Congress --
Congressional elections: How candidates for Congress are chosen --
Even higher authority: Hear ye, hear ye: Role of the judicial branch of government --
Supreme players: Men and women who wear the black robes, and other key players in the judicial system --
First Monday in October: How cases get to the Supreme Court and what the justices do with them when they get there --
Setting precedents: Groundbreaking decisions that have helped define the law of the land --
Follow the money: Fed Money: Power of the purse-Federal purse, that is! --
Campaigns and money: All about how campaigns are financed and the rules governing how candidates raise money --
Campaign finance reform: What campaign finance reform is all about, and the scandals that have fueled calls for changing the way campaigns are run --
Fundraising: How politicians raise the money necessary for success --
Right to petition: Giving voice to special interests --
State and local government: Governors and other state leaders: Numerous roles filled by the people who govern the states --
Reapportionment and redistricting: How the federal government ensures that your voice will be heard --
Another House, another Senate, and what they do for you: Similarities between state and federal government --
Local government: All about counties, townships, towns, and more --
Power of one: Role and responsibilities of the individual in government, and how you can get involved --
Appendixes: Glossary --
Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Veeps who became Presidents --
Profile of the states --
Resources.
Other Titles: Complete idiot's guide
American government
Responsibility: by Melanie Fonder and Mary Shaffrey.

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