JSE-TBSC | ISBN 978-078918294-4 | Softcover | $14.95
JSE-TBHC | ISBN 978-161383183-0 | Hardcover | $21.95

The Three Branches of Government, Student Book

JSE-TBSC | ISBN 978-078918294-4 | Softcover | $14.95
JSE-TBHC | ISBN 978-161383183-0 | Hardcover | $21.95
The Three Branches of Government, Student Book

Is government effective? This book from the Literature & Thought series contains literature that challenges the reader, promotes critical thinking, and encourages independent exploration of themes and issues related to this topic.

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Contents

Creating Context

The Constitutional Structure • Landmarks in the Separation of Powers • The Three Branches Checks and Balances • Governments Around the World • Concept Vocabulary

Cluster One: How Well Does Congress Represent the People?

Thinking Skill: Inferring Information

The Courage to Compromise (book)
John F. Kennedy
Dream in Color (book)
Linda Sánchez, Loretta Sánchez, and Richard Buskin
Life in the Senate (book)
Stephen L. Carter
Citizens as Powerful Lobbyists (essay)
Lee Hamilton
America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist (interview)
Leslie Stahl
American People Hire Lobbyist (humor)
The Onion

Cluster Two: What Makes a President Great?

Thinking Skill: Evaluating Arguments

As He Shall Judge Necessary (book)
Akhil Reed Amar
Great Presidential Speeches (speeches)
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan
The Greatness of Lincoln (poems)
Vachel Lindsay
The President as Teacher-in-Chief (essay)
Rudy Ruiz
Listen Up, Mr. President (book)
Helen Thomas and Craig Crawford

Cluster Three: How Does the Supreme Court Effect Change?

Thinking Skill: Summarizing Key Ideas

The Least Dangerous Branch (essay)
Alexander Hamilton
Defenders Against Tyranny (book)
Alexis de Tocqueville
The Weakness of Courts (book)
Stephen L. Carter
Friends and Foes on the Supreme Court (book)
Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher
Legal Ethics (introduction)
Sonia Sotomayor
Trust in the Supreme Court (essay)
Dahlia Lithwick
What the Brown Decision Means (book)
Jack Balkin
Supreme Courtship (novel)
Christopher Buckley

Cluster Four: Thinking on Your Own

Thinking Skill: Integrating Sources of Information

Song of the Powers (poem)
David Mason

Congressional Effectiveness

Why Congress Deserves an “A” (essay)
Shankar Vedantam
A House Divided Against Itself? (essay)
David Gergen and Michael Zuckerman

Presidential Authority

The Inevitability of the Imperial Presidency (essay)
Eric A. Posner
Defending Presidential Power (court opinion)
Clarence Thomas

Judicial Power

The Sword and the Robe (speech)
Thurgood Marshall
Wanted: More Judicial Activism! (essay)
James Huffman