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Jeffrey Strausser - All books by this author

Painless Series - All books in this series

Titles in Barron’s Painless series are designed for middle school and high school students, helping them excel in subjects they might expect to be either hopelessly boring or excruciatingly difficult. The authors are all experienced teachers, adept at winning the hearts and minds of adolescents, and skillful in adding a light, humorous touch to even the heaviest and grimmest topics. This book opens with a general description of government and a comparison of democracy as practiced by the founding fathers and how it operates in today’s America. The author goes on to discuss the Constitution as our basis of government, civil liberties and civil rights, the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government, elections and political parties, how public policy is created and shaped, and how each citizen can become involved in the process of self-government. The book includes quizzes with answer keys.

From the Reviews:
“This user-friendly civics tutorial presents complicated information about national government in small, clear, easily remembered segments. … “This text is a timely learning opportunity for teens concerned with national issues. It is a strong teaching model for American government instructors. … Balanced, clear, thorough, and interesting, it is suitable for both young adult and adult audiences.”
—Lucy Schall, VOYA , August 2004

Table of Contents:
  • What Is Government?
  • Our Constitutional Foundation
  • Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • The Legislative Branch
  • The Executive Branch
  • The Judicial Branch
  • Elections and Political Parties
  • Shaping Public Policy
  • What You Can Do
  • Further Reading
  • Appendix
    A. The Constitution of the United States
    B. Bill of Rights
    C. Declaration of Independence
    D. Articles of Confederation
  • Answer Key


Paperback / 304 Pages / 6 x 9 / 2004


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