Chapter Thirteen: The Presidency
The Presidents: Must be a natural-born citizen of at least 35 years old and must have resided in
America for at least 14 years prior to their presidency
- Presidents are elected through the electoral process
Chapter Twelve: Congress
The Representatives and Senators
- 100 Senators (Two for every State)
- 30 years old
- US Citizen for nine years
- 435 Representatives (Based upon State Population)
- 25 years old
- US Citizen for seven years
Chapter Eight: Political Parties
Political Party: An organization that seeks political power by electing people to offices so that
its positions and philosophy becomes public policy
- Political parties have existed since the Constitution was created and i
Chapter Seven: Mass Media and the Political Agenda
High-Tech Politics: A politics in which the behavior of citizens and policymakers and the
political agenda itself are increasingly shaped by technology
Mass Media: Television, radio, newspapers, magazines
Chapter Six: Public Opinion
Public Opinion: The distribution of the populations beliefs about politics and policy issues
The American Melting Pot: A term often used to characterize the United States, with its history
of immigration and mixing cultures, id
Chapter Three: Federalism
Federalism: A way of organizing a nation so that two or more levels of government have
formal authority over the same land and people. It is a system of shared power between
units of government.
- In America, citizens are subject
Chapter Two: The Constitution
Constitution: A nations basic law that creates political institutions, assigns or divides
powers in government, and often provides certain guarantees to citizens.
- The Road to Revolution
- American Colonies were part of the
Chapter One: Introducing Government in America
Government: The institutions and processes through which public policies are made for
1. How should we govern?
2. What should government do?
- General Functions of the Government
1. Maintain a Natio
Civil Liberties: Individual legal and constitutional protections against the government.
Due Process Clause: Part of the 14th Amendment guaranteeing that a person cannot be deprived
of life, liberty, or property by the state or federal government without
Chapter Sixteen: The Judiciary
Criminal Law: A law that defines crimes against the public order.
Civil Law: A law that governs relationships between individuals and defines their legal rights.
- No Laws are broken in civil law cases