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Advanced Placement United States Government 

and Politics Resources

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapters 4 & 5 Chapter 6
Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11
Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16
Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21

N.B.  The Study Guide must be completed for each chapter including the study guide essay questions.

Chapter 1:  Introducing Government in America

Top 10 Reasons to become an American Citizen

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Part One - Constitutional Foundations

Chapter 2: The Constitution                                The Bill of Rights Institute      The Founders Constitution    The National Constitution Center








The Gangs of D.C: In the Senate Small States Wield Outsize Power. Is This What the Founders Had in Mind? (8/9/09)

The U.S. Constitution Online

Founders, too, argued about debt (LA Times 81211) Rousseau knew what our problem is (PI Opinion 090911)
Opinion: Madison, Founding Father of Politics. (PI100911)          

Supreme Court Cases:    Marbury v. Madison (1803)    

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Chapter 3: Federalism

   Editorial (NYT) Republicans and the Constitution (7/20/10)      

Supreme Court Cases:  
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) McCulloch summary) Gibbons v. Ogden (1824 US v Lopez (1995    


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Chapter 4: Civil Liberties and Public Policy

Bill of Rights Institute: Lesson Plans for Teachers


Freedom Forum

First Amendment Issues

The Bill of Rights Institute

ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union


At the Supreme Court: Is GPS tracking of suspects too Orwellian? (csm11911)

Russian Web gets protestors out (WP12.10.11) Supreme Court to consider broadcast standards (USA010912) Supreme Court: Discrimination Laws do not protect certain employees of religious groups (WP011112)  
Unanimous Supreme Court: Get a Warrant before installing GPS Tracking device. (CSM012412)        

Supreme Court Cases:  
Barron v Baltimore (1833)  Wikipedia Gitlow v NY (1925)   Wikipedia Lemon v Kurtzman (1971) (Wikipedia)

Engle v. Vitale (1962)  (Wikipedia)

SD Abington Twp. v. Schempp (1963)  (Wikipedia)
W. Va. Bd. of Ed. v. Barnette (1943) (Wikipedi

NYTimes Co. v. US (1971)  (Wikipedia

Near v. Minnesota (1931) (Wikipedia) Schenck v US (1919) (Wikipedia)

LAWRENCE et al. v. TEXAS 2003   

Zurcher v Stanford Daily (1978) Roth v. US (1957) (Wikipedia) Miller v California (1973) (Wikipedia) NY Times v Sullivan (1964) (Wikipedia) Texas v. Johnson (1989) (Wikipedia)
Miami Herald v. Tornillo (1974) (Wikipedia) Red Lion Broadcasting v FCC (1969) Wikipedia NAACP v Alabama (1958) (Wikipedia) Mapp v Ohio (1961)  Wikipedia Miranda v. Arizona (1966) (Wikipedia)
Gideon v.Wainwright (1963)  (Wikipedia)
Furman v Georgia (1972)Wikepedia
Gregg v Georgia (1976) Wikipedia
McCleskey v Kemp (1987) Wikipedia Roe v Wade (1973)   Wikipedia Planned Parenthood v Casey (1992)    Wikipedia
Lawrence v. Texas (2003)

Smith v. Oregon 1990

Employment Division v. Smith (1990) Religious Freedom Restoration Act (1993) Civil Liberties in Constitutional Law
Berghuis v Thompkins (2010)

Snyder v Phelps (2011)


Supreme Court to hear cases on Same Sex Marriages Same-Sex Issue Pushes Justices Into OverdriveNYT121012 Editorial: Court-gay marriage move leaves 2 certainties USA Today 121112 Pushing Gay marriage may backfire WP121112 Opinion: The risks of gay marriage at the Supreme Court12122
Article IV, Sec 1 (US Constitution) Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof Article IV, Sec. 2, Cl.1 (US Constitution)

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States

Amendment XIV (US Constitution)

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

PA Marriage Equality Ruling May 20,2014        


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Chapter 5: Civil Rights and Public Policy

 Equal Protection

 Civil Rights

Civil Rights Act (1964)  Wikipedia

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)



Judge strikes down California's ban on same-sex marriage Proposition 8 (8.5.10)

USA History: History of Jim Crow Laws

Supreme Court: Discrimination Laws do not protect certain employees of religious groups (WP011112)    

Supreme Court Decisions

 Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857)  Wikipedia

Plessey v. Ferguson (1896) Wikipedia

Korematsu V  US (1944)  Wikipedia

Brown v. Board of Education (1954)  Wikipedia

Reed v Reed )1971)  Wikipedia
Craig v. Boren (1976  Wikipedia Adarand Constructors v. Pena (1995)  Wikipedia

Loving v Virginia (1967)

Heller v. Doe (1993)

Romer v Evans (1996)


Affirmative Action Cases:

 Regents of Univ. of California v. Bakke (1978)  Wikipedia

GRUTTER v. BOLLINGER et al 2003 

Grutter (Oyez Project)

   GRATZ et al. v. BOLLINGER et al. 2003


   Ricci v. DeStefano, et al 2009

Ricci (Oyez Project)


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Part Two - People and Politics

Chapter 6: Public Opinion and Political Action

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Chapter 7: The Mass Media and the Political Agenda

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Chapter 8: Political Parties           
Sotomayor is sworn in: But the Politics is far from over (8/9/09) The reshaping of the GOP (8/21/09) The pitfalls of 3rd party candidacy (WP91411) For Politics in South, Race divide is defining (NYT100311) Election 101: What's the Republican primary calendar for 2012?
Russian Web gets protestors out (WP12.10.11) Fewer identifying with political parties (PI060512)      

    Political Party Platform Comparison assignment.

Where do you fit?

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Chapter 9: Nominations and Campaigns
Election 101: What's the Republican primary calendar for 2012? Nonpartisan primaries face tests in California (NYT06012) Fewer identifying with political parties (PI060512)    

Buckley v. Valeo, 1976    Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)

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Chapter 10: Elections and Voting Behavior
Battle For America 2008 Part 1: A Political Odyssey Part 2: High Risks, High Reward Part 3: Snaring the Lion of the Senate
  Inquirer Editorial : Democracy that stops short (81611)  A Loss for Voting rights (8/5/09) Supreme Court Affirms Ban on Soft Money (6/30/10) Opinion: How Closed primaries further polarized our politics' WP 90511 The Pulse: Electoral College Plan Panned (PI92411)`
Same-day voter registration at issue in Maine (PI101011) Election 101: What's the Republican primary calendar for 2012? White births no longer make up majority *NYT05.17.12)  

"Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election"

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Chapter 11: Interest Groups

American Association of Retired Persons. AARP


United Farm Workers

National Education Association  NEA

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

American Medical Association  AMA

US Chamber of Commerce

National Organization of Women   NOW

Common Cause

Mothers Against Drunk Driving  MADD

National Rifle Association   NRA

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

National Association of Catholic Teachers

National Catholic Education Association NCEA
Association  of Catholic Teachers

Study shows revolving door of employment between Congress, lobbying groups (WP09`311)

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)
Gingrich raises question - What is a lobbyist? (WP12.9.11)

Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995


   Three Out of Every Four Oil & Gas  Lobbyists Worked for the Government (7.21.10)

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Part Three - The Policymakers

Chapter 12: Congress

 (United States Capitol)     [ Project Vote Smart]    Biographical directory of the US Congress (1774-present)    Congress Online Project,

The US House of Representatives

Speaker, Maj Leader, Majority Whip

Democratic  Leader., Democratic  whip

The US Senate

Maj. Leader, Maj. Whip
Min. Leader, Min Whip

Pay and Perquisites of Members of Congress

Congressional Pay Rates

The Congressional Record

Redistricting 101:Eight Facts About Redrawing the US political map

Reference Resources on Congress - Project Vote Smart

Pa. US District 1

Robert Brady

Pa US District 2

Chakka Fattah

Pa. US. District 7

Pat  Meehan

Pa. US District 13

Allyson Schwartz

Pa. US District 16

Joseph Pitts

Pa US District 6

Jim Gerlach

PA US District 8

Mike Fitzpatrick

Apportionment of the US House of Representatives 108th Congress  through the 112th Congress

Apportion of the US House of Representatives 113th Congress

Directory of Representives

US Senate Leadersip

Congressional Vote Database

Roll Call

Congress Link


How a Bill Becomes a Law (Project Vote Smart)
  Lobbyist get power access via caucuses (7/23/09
Senator Robert Casey, Jr.
Senator  Patrick Toomey
Congress Link (The Dirksen Congressional Center)
History of Gerrymandering             The Politics of Gerrymandering
Gerrymandering (Wikipedia)          Origin of the Word - Gerrymandering
Images of Gerrymandering            Gerrymandering
The Opinionator: Senate Heal Thyself (18.13.09)        

Issues of Importance:

(Campaign Finance Reform) ( -your guide to the money in American elections),    (Racial -  Gerrymandering),   (Congress in Action),,   ,   Apportionment of the US House of Representatives 108th Congress.      Apportion of the US House of Representatives 113th Congress


Supreme Court Cases:

Powell v. McCormack (1969)


US Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton (1996)


Baker v Carr)1962 summary

Reynolds v. Sims (1964)


Significant Decisions of the Robert Court (2005-2010)  

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Chapter 13: The Presidency

The White House

Official US Executive Branch Web Sites


Presidents of the United States

The President' House in Philadelphia

USNWR - Best & Worst presidents

USNWR The 10 Worst Presidents


Obama uses executive orders to bypass Congress (USA102711)   Presidential Libraries IDEA Network Presidential Inaugurations: Menu of all Presidents Historical Tour of the White House The American Presidency - A Glorious Burden
Cuban Missile Crises:, 1962: A Perspective after 40 years. The Great Debate and Beyond: The History of televised Presidential Debates Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency

The Founding Playboys

The 10 Worst Presidents

Top 10 Forgettable Presidents


Supreme Court Decisions:    Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company v. Sawyer (1952)     US v. Nixon (1974),    Bush v. Gore (2000),

Issues of Importance:   Polls can effect Presidents hold on Party.     Will Sotoamyor Limit Obama's Next Top Court Pick (7/23/09)

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Chapter 14: The Congress, The President, and the Budget: The Politics of Taxing and Spending

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Chapter 15: The Federal Bureaucracy

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Chapter 16: The Federal Courts    The Supreme Court of the United States

US Supreme Court 

Biographies of current Supreme Court Members

The High Court Rookie (8/9/09)

Landmark Supreme Court Cases

Supreme Court Decisions
Exploring Constitutional Law

Exploring Constitutional Conflicts

Famous Trials

Judicial activism influence
(commentary -10/10/03))

Justice Learning

Federal Court Concepts

Editorial: Obama: Whites need not apply (WT82011)

Past Confirmation Votes (8/10/09)

C-Span The Supreme Court


Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)
Retired Justice Stevens Still issuing Opinions (WP100311)


A case for TV in top court. (PT12.8.11)

Storied High Court: Justices bring life to oral arguments(USAT111811) How is the Roberts Court unusual? (WP030612)


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Chapter 17: Economic Policymaking

Deficit Expected to Reach $9 Trillion in 10 Years (8/26/09)        

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Chapter 18: Social Welfare Policymaking

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Chapter 19: Policymaking for Health, Energy, and the Environment

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law (WP062812)

Obama Care Supreme Court Ruling 062812


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Chapter 20: Foreign and Defense Policymaking

Somalia is Obama's New Afghanistan (8.6.09)

The US and War in the 21st Century (c-span-7.31.11)      

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Chapter 21: The New Importance of State and Local Government

Governors Race Exposes Republican Rift in Texas (8.15.09)


Postcard from Hawaii on its 50th Birthday (8/23/09)


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