AP United States Government & Politics
Summer Assignment 2015
Due Date: First Day of Class
PART 1: SUPREME COURT CASE CARDS
A great way to grapple with constitutional issues is to examine historical and contemporary court cases.
Since these cases are a co
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Origins of U.S. Government
The Presidency The Congress The Judiciary
MAGRUDER'S CHAPTER 2
Basic Concepts of Government
Early English settlers brought
knowledge of political
English Common Law.
But the English developed
much of their concepts
First Amendment Freedoms
Civil Liberties: First Amendment Freedoms
Civil Liberties protections against arbitrary
government actions (setting forth what the
government (can/cannot do). Civil liberties include
individual freedoms in the Bi
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The Engine of Our Republic
Supreme Law of the Land
MAGRUDERS Chapter 3
Constitution Vocabulary [22 terms]
1. U.S. Constitution 4,300 words in 7 main parts or sections called
articles. Including the 27 amendments, there are 6,700 words.
THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM
Supreme Court Justices
1. Dual Court System National judiciary has more than
120 courts and the 50 States have thousands of courts.
2. Inferior courts lower federal courts beneath the Supreme Court.
Protecting Individual Rights
MAGRUDER's Chapter 20
[Protecting Individual Rights]
Protecting Individual Rights
1. The guaranteed rights of persons accused of a crime.
2. The concept of due process [G
MAGRUDER's Chapter 21
In this chapter we will learn about past
discrimination and the federal laws
which now work to guarantee the fair
and equal treatment of all Americans.
Think of one instance in your lives
where you have been discrimina
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Chapter 2: Origins of Government
Chapter 3: The Constitution
Chapter 4: Federalism
Chapters 5 & 6: Public Opinion and Political Parties
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Since 1787, the single most persistent source of
political conflict has been the relations between
the national and state governments.
[Fight in terms of national interests v. st