Growth of the American Republic: Fundamental Concepts in U.S. Government & Politics

Author(s): Earle Michael Young

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2021

Details: Ebook w/KHQ | 180 days |


Growth of the American Republic: Fundamental Concepts in U.S. Government & Politics essentially ‘catches up’ our woefully history-clueless students on the basic principles of government and citizenship…in essence, giving them a framework of understanding the ideas and history that influenced the founding of the United States of America.

Based on the author's 15 years of experience teaching at the community college level, the new third edition of Growth of the American Republic:

  • Describes, in clear language, the founding ideas that made the American Republic unique. 
  • Is comprehensive!  The package explains the key constitutional principles, shows how the three branches function, and illustrates how the political process works.
  • Engages students!  Short easy-to-understand sections, bolded key terms, photos, graphs, suggested classroom activities, and essay questions immerse students in the content and assess comprehension.
  • Is unique!  Landmark Supreme Court Cases and Controversial Social and Political Issues chapters provide ideas for classroom debates or research papers.
  • Is easy to adopt!  Each chapter includes a list of suggested classroom activities.
  • Is politically balanced! The content fairly describes the conservative and liberal perspectives.

Recommended Course Schedule

1. US Government Freshman College Course: I recommend that instructors complete Units 1–4 for a semester course. Individual topics in Unit 5 may be used for student projects. Also, instructors may wish to alternate each semester to make things more interesting for them: Units 1–4 one semester, and Units 1, 2, 3, and 5 the next.

2. US Government College Course with State Government: Some colleges combine federal and state government topics in one course. For example, US and Texas Constitutions and US and Texas Governments. For this format, I would teach Units 1 and 2 for constitution, and Units 3, 4, and 5 for government, leaving the rest of the course to state topics.

3. High School and AP: Instructors should cover Units 1–5 for the school year.

4. Home School: Parent/instructors should teach the entire book. 

Note on Appendix: There are two very important chapters in the Appendix: “Controversial Social and Political Issues” and “Landmark Supreme Court Cases.” Both can be used as reference resources, but I recommend that the instructor assign them for students to get started on term papers or class debates.

UNIT ONE Political Values and The Constitution
CHAPTER 1 What Is Government?

Preamble and the Purpose of Government
Types of Government
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 2 What Are America’s Original Political Values?
Roots of American Democracy
Social Contract Theory
Political Culture
Declaration of Independence
American Creed
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 3 What Happened at the Constitutional Convention?
Articles of Confederation
The Constitutional Convention of 1787
Debates and Compromises at the Convention
Principles of the Constitution
A Brilliant Solution
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 4 How Does the Constitution Change?
Ratification of the Constitution
Adding the Bill of Rights
Amending the Constitution
Supreme Court Interpretations
Other Ways the National Government Has Changed beyond the Constitution
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 5 What Are America’s Current Political Ideologies?
History of Liberalism in America
Contemporary Liberalism
History of Conservatism
Contemporary Conservatism
Other Ideologies
Final Thoughts

UNIT TWO State and Individual Rights
CHAPTER 6 How Does Federalism Work?

Definition of Federalism
Advantages of Federalism
National Powers
State Powers
Shared Powers
Summary of Federalism
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 7 How Has the National Government Grown in Power over the States?
Two Metaphors of Federalism
Marshall Court
Era of Dual Federalism
Era of Cooperative Federalism
New Federalism
Federalism Today
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 8 What Are My First Amendment Rights?
Freedom of Religion
The Supreme Court and the Establishment Clause
The Free Exercise Clause
Free Speech
Freedom of the Press
Right to Assemble and Petition
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 9 How Does the Bill of Rights Protect Me?
The History of the Bill of Rights
Rights Imbedded in the Original Constitution
The Bill of Rights
1st Amendment
2nd Amendment
3rd Amendment
4th through 8th Amendments: Criminal Procedures
9th and 10th Amendments: Remaining Rights to People and the States
Incorporation of the Bill of Rights
Right of Privacy?
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 10 Have Americans Always Enjoyed Equal Rights?
Black Civil Rights from the Civil War to Jim Crow
The Civil Rights Movement
Discrimination and Classification
Affirmative Action
Women and Gay Rights
Final Thoughts

UNIT THREE The Three Branches of Government
CHAPTER 11 What Are the President’s Constitutional Powers?

Creating the Presidency
Three Major Powers of the Presidency
Other Presidential Powers
Impeachment and Succession
Presidential Issues and Controversies
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 12 What Are the Keys to a Successful Presidency?
Presidential Leadership
The President and the Media
Presidential Party Politics
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 13 What Are the Powers of Congress?
Congressional Constitutional Powers
Structure and Function of Congress
How the House of Representatives Works
How the Senate Works
Congressional Committees
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 14 How Does a Bill Become a Law?
Running for Congress
Role of the Lawmaker
How a Bill Becomes a Law
What Influences a Lawmaker’s Vote?
Problems and Suggested Reforms
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 15 What Does the Supreme Court Do? Constitutional Power of the Supreme Court
Structure of Federal Judiciary
The Political Ideology of the Supreme Court
Judicial Philosophy
The Politics of Appointing Judges
How the Supreme Court Works
Supreme Court Opinions
Final Thoughts

UNIT FOUR Political Process
CHAPTER 16 Who Are the American People and What Are Their Political Opinions?

Demographic Sketch of America
US Public’s Decline in Political Knowledge
Polling Public Opinion
Political Socialization
Red State versus Blue State America
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 17 How Are American Elections Conducted?
Expansion of the Franchise
Prominent Features of US Elections
Voter Turnout
The Electoral College
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 18 How Do You Run for President?
Qualifications to Run for President
Managing a Presidential Campaign
The Three Stages of Presidential Campaigns
Voting Choice
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 19 What Do Political Parties Do?
The Functions of Political Parties
The Two-Party System
What Role Do Third Parties Play?
Party Identification
Political Parties as Institutions
Conventional and Unconventional Participation
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 20 What Is the Role of the News Media in Our Democracy?
The Functions of a Free Press in a Democracy
History of News Media
Government Regulation of the Media
Where Do People Get Their News Today?
The Professional Press
News Bias
Final Thoughts

UNIT FIVE Public Policy
CHAPTER 21 What Do Interest Groups Do?

Theories about Interest Groups
Interest Groups: the Good, the Bad, and the Billionaire
Types of Interest Groups
Campaign Finance Law
How Interest Groups Influence Public Policy
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 22 How Is Public Policy Made and Implemented?
What Is Public Policy?
The Public Policy Process
Flaws in the Public Policy Process
How Does the Bureaucracy Make Law?
The Size of the Current Federal Bureaucracy 
Problems with the Large Federal Bureaucracy
Reforming Bureaucracies
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 23 What Is the US Economic Policy?
Economic Terms
Laissez-Faire versus a Controlled Economy
Monetary Policy
Supply-Side Economics
The Triumph of Keynesian Economics
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 24 How Does the Government Make the Budget
The Budget Process
Types of Taxes
Tax Issues
Government Spending
The Debt Problem
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 25 What Is America’s Foreign and Defense Policy?
Tools in Foreign Policy
The Constitution and Foreign Policy
Two Foreign Policy Approaches
Early American Foreign Policy
Modern US Foreign Policy
Final Thoughts

A Controversial Social and Political Issues
B Landmark Supreme Court Cases
C Declaration of Independence (1776)
D The Constitution of the United States of America

Class Activities


Earle Michael Young

E. Michael Young grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned a BA in history from California State University in Los Angeles, a masters in history from Cal State, Northridge and a masters in political science from Texas State University in San Marcos. He previously taught history and government at Navarro College, LeTourneau University and Austin Community College.

Young loves to travel overseas and across America, has a goal of visiting all 50 states before his son reaches eighteen years of age, and currently has visited 25 states. He enjoys swimming, boating, and fishing with his family.

Growth of the American Republic is written in a user-friendly format. It may be the first textbook that I have had that doesn't feel like a chore to read. (Unlike my textbook over cinema, zzz....I was unaware reading about the film making process could be so tedious and boring.) 

 I am enjoying this class more than I had anticipated I would. I have never been interested in the government. I'm 35 and I have never once voted. I never wanted to because I felt uneducated in politics and government affairs. I am learning a lot more than I thought that I would though, and I feel I have a better grasp on things and the importance of voting.

 I am looking forward finishing this textbook and being able to use my new found knowledge at the polls in the future! 
Ashleigh Miller

Growth of the American Republic is a superb textbook.  Its strength is found in the author’s ability to directly address governmental concepts, theories, and key terminology without sidetracking the reader in minute details. The book focuses directly on the governmental knowledge deficiencies found in young college students today. Moreover, the author has successfully compartmentalized the material into finely tuned segments, allowing the reader to easily access the learning objectives. If you are looking for a book that is attuned to the knowledge deficits and learning styles of young adults, this is it.
Professor Brian Naples
​Panola College

Related ISBN's: 9781792466557

Ebook Package



ISBN 9781792466557

Details Ebook w/KHQ 180 days