Whats the Matter with White Voters? Common Sense Racism
1) As the author related, what was the weakness to Thomas Franks findings in
Whats the Matter with Kansas? Was the weakness based on the
misinterpretation of racism or wealth inequality as
Makers and Takers: The Tea Party and Romney
1) The push back to President Obamas election in 2008 was the shellacking of
the Democratic controlled Congress by Republicans. State which group within
the GOP was pushing this surge and why. (pp. 147
Chapter 16 Essay Questions
1. Should the judiciary have less power in American government and politics? How would you
propose to restrain judicial authority in practice?
No, although it that the judiciary does not have power over the military or money, th
Chapter 15 Essay Questions
1. Explain the five characteristics that make up the bureaucratic model as explained by the German
sociologist and political economist Max Weber (18641920).
Division of Labor
Equal Rules for All
Getting Away with Racism
1) Discuss the purpose of using race as an issue in a political campaign: that is,
making a point of putting a non-white topic in the forefront of the campaign?
By using race as an issue in a political campaign, your aud
Chapter 14 Essay Questions
Over time, presidents have taken on many jobs. Name seven different roles the president plays.
Which do you consider the most important right now? Explain your choice.
Commander in Chief
The First Legislator
Chapter 13 Essay Questions
1. The Constitution put Congress at the center of American government. List some of the powers
(at least three) granted by the Constitution under article 1, section 8, and explain how Congress
uses these powers.
Chapter 12 Essay Questions
1. There are three main theories about the effects of interest groups: pluralism, hyperpluralism,
and elitism. Describe each. Which of the theories seems to you most accurate? Justify your
-Many groups re
The False Allure of Color Blindness
1) In your opinion, based upon the material, how does the author relate that whites
are the actual victims of racial discrimination? (pp. 77-79)
The author says multiple times that race is considered a touchy
Shifting the Tune: Clinton and W
1) Discuss the importance of Willie Horton on Michael Dukakis presidential bid
against George H.W. Bush in 1988.
He helped George W. Bush gain more support in the presidential bid. Bushs
campaign injected race th
Chapter 11 Essay Questions
1. State two reasons American politics is usually limited to two political parties.
Winner take all Electoral Rules
One reason for Two-Party America is American ideals which were embraced many years ago. Each side
The Wrecking Begins: Reagan
1) Define plutocracy and discuss how this term is applicable to the U.S.
Plutocracy is best defined as a government run by the richest people. This term
is applicable to the U.S in that many of the countrys richest pe
Learning About Racism at Harvard Law/Racial Politics and the Middle Class/The GOPs
Rise as the the White Mans Party
1) According to the author (preface), what two themes dominate American politics
today? How are they address
Chapter 9 Essay Questions
1. Where do most Americans get their news? From local television, network television,
newspapers, or the web? What source do young Americans (1829) rely on most for their news?
Most Americans get th
Chapter 10 Essay Questions
1. Who decides about who can vote? First describe what the Constitution says about the matter in
the time, place, and manner clause. Next, list and explain how the role of the four
constitutional amendments affects voting (suffr
Chapter 7 Essay Questions
1. What are the different categories of involvement or how we participate in civic or political life?
Do any appeal more to you?
The different categories of involv
Chapter 8 Essay Questions
1. Define the five steps on how to read a poll and explain how are they used.
Margin of error
Compare to other polls
1. Check out the margin of error. Then reread the poll that figures it in. A 3
Chapter 10 and Conclusion
1) As the authors pointed out, politicians are skilled producers of crafted ambiguity.
Even President Obama pointed out this fact in relating the financial collapse was
a problem rooted in governmental policy. Summa
Chapter 1 Essay Questions
1) The United States is a rapidly changing, diverse, immigrant nation. Discuss this with respect to
the broader question, who are we as a nation?
Us and them
Immigrants from different nations
Current and next
The Unseen Revolution of the 1970s
1) Summarize the effect of the Richard Nixons presidency upon liberalism and the New
Deal coalition of the Democrat Party.
Former President Nixon crashed Liberalism in a way where is successfully split
Democrats Climb Aboard
1) Terry McAuliffe, Head of the Democrat National Committee while Al Gore ran for
president, boasted of having raised $26 million at one event. As McAuliffe
bragged in What a Party, 13,000 guests paid around $50. Who were
Building a Bridge to the Nineteenth Century
1) In the beginning of the chapter the authors describe how our sense of values,
regarding success, are upside down. Summarize how the authors came to this
conclusion and what we should consider succes
Chapter 3 Essay Questions
1. Describe the differences between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan. If you had to
choose between them, which would you choose and why? What was the Three-Fifths
-Bicameral legislative branch
Chapter 4 Essay Questions
1. Explain the differences between concurrent and reserved powers.
Concurrent Powers -National and State Powers, which include: Enforce the laws, establish courts,
collect taxes, borrow money, provide for the general welfare
The Middle Class Goes Missing
1) What was the dilemma facing FDR at the end of WWII regarding the returning
The dilemma facing FDR was whether the market could handle the return of
fifteen million returning vet
Chapter 5 Essay Questions
1. What are civil liberties? How are they different from civil rights?
Civil liberties include:
Freedom of speech
The right to privacy
The right to be free from unreasonable searches of your home
The right to a fair court trial
Chapter 6 Essay Questions
1. Name the seven steps involved in civil rights campaigns. Give examples of three, drawing on historical
material in this chapter.
A group defines itself
The group challenges society
The stories change
Federalism comes into play
June 13, 2017
Response paper #2
In the article US supreme court rules warrant needed for GPS tracking, the supreme
court argues that police must get a search warrant before using and GPS technology to track an
June 18, 2017
Response paper #3
1. They wanted to be separated from African Americans. They didnt want anything to
change, federal government was in conflict. There was a white citizen council it allows
for division com
June 18, 2017
Response paper #4
The definition of Latent is hidden, presently inactive or potentially existing but not yet realized.
According to research, Latent racism might be regarded as institutional rac