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American Government

2nd Edition

Stories of a Nation, The Essentials

Scott F. Abernathy
eISBN-13: 9781544353524

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"The main strength of this book is that it presents a ‘human’ side to American Government that challenges students to think critically while still presenting the ‘teaching’ side with objectives, self-tests, and chapter reviews." 

—Kathleen Barrett, University of West Georgia

In the Second Edition of American Government, Essentials Edition, author Scott F. Abernathy tunes in to the voices of all Americans, showing how our diverse ideas shape the way we participate and behave, the laws we live by, and the challenges we face. From the Constitutional Convention to Ferguson, Missouri, each chapter features rich, personal narratives that illustrate how the American political system is the product of strategies, calculations, and miscalculations of countless individuals. It focuses on real people, the actions they take, the struggles they face, and how their choices influence outcomes. The key concepts are memorable because they are tied to real politics, where students see political action and political choices shaping how institutions advance or impede the fulfillment of fundamental ideas. Participation is at the heart of this groundbreaking new text, with ample background on how and why to participate. Not only will all students see themselves reflected in the pages, but they will come to understand that they, too, are strategic players in American politics, with voices that matter. 

American Government, Essentials Edition, is identical to the full version of the text, minus the three policy chapters.

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ISBNs 1544327617, 9781544327617, 9781544327617, 9781544327617, 9781544353524, 1544353529
Language English
Number of Pages 576
Edition 2nd