This anthology is intended to fill a conspicuous void in many introductory American Government courses-a lack of focus on primary-source materials. While most instructors have little trouble teaching the workings of government, few are able to instill in their students an appreciation for the core theorists and theories of government. By introducing students to vital primary sources, and supplementing these with insightful secondary readings, this volume encourages students to think critically about key components of the American political system. Organized thematically, the reading selections explore the foundations of the American political system, the three branches of American government, and the psychological nature of political behavior.
Lee Ballestero, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine) is a faculty member at Moorpark College in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses on elections, media, and institutions, and her educational interests revolve around helping students better understand their government in order to develop an appreciation for the political world.
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