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Citizenship [electronic resource]: Making Government Work

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Case studies from New York City, consider the role of law enforcement in the maintaining citizen's rights. A brief history of police brutality, regulations of police brutality and modification of the regulations post Sept. 11th, provide insight into contemporary views of citizen's rights and civil liberties. In Part 2, reactions to proposed changes to Riverside Park, stress that the essential role of politics is to address the will of the people, but citizen participation is necessary in order for democracy to work. In Part 3, Frank Alvarez, a naturalized citizen from El Savador, recalls how he fought deportation to move from resident alien to citizen.
Online
2003
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The Constitution [electronic resource]: Fixed or Flexible?

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Examines the search for balance between the original Constitution and the need to interpret and adjust it to meet the needs of changing times. Details the original Jeffersonian-Madisonian debate, the concept of checks and balances, and the stringent procedures for amending the Constitution. Case studies include legislative decisions about capital punishment for mentally retarded individuals, President Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Bill, and the fight for women's suffrage in the United States.
Online
2003
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Civil Liberties [electronic resource]: Safeguarding the Individual

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Examines the First, Fourth, and Sixth Constitutional Amendments to show how the Bill of Rights protects individual citizens from excessive or arbitrary government interference, yet, contrary to the belief of many Americans, does not grant unlimited rights. Case studies include the censorship of a high school newspaper, drug testing for extra-curricular activities in high schools, and media coverage of the Sam Sheppard trial.
Online
2003
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Civil Rights [electronic resource]: Demanding Equality

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Examines the guarantees of political and social equality in the U.S. Constitution and the roles that individuals and government have played in expanding these guarantees to African Americans, women, and the disabled. Case studies include the landmark case of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the fight for equal opportunities for women athletes in Michigan, and the history of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Online
2003
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Legislatures [electronic resource]: Laying Down the Law

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Explores the idea that legislatures, although contentious bodies, are institutions composed of men and women who make representative democracy work by reflecting and reconciling the wide diversity of views held by Americans. Case studies include the work of John McCain and others to reform campaign funding, the fight for "Death with Dignity" laws in Oregon, and a day in the life of Representative Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland.
Online
2003
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The Modern Presidency [electronic resource]: Tools of Power

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Traces the changes in the Presidency from the 1930's to today. Shows how Presidents today are overtly active in the legislative process, use the media to appeal directly to the people and exercise leadership over an "institutional presidency" with thousands of aides. Cases studies include Johnson's personal campaign to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Nixon's use of the publicity from his attempted assassination to pass his tax cuts legislation and an introduction to President Clinton's "West Wing" support team.
Online
2003
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Bureaucracy [electronic resource]: A Controversial Necessity

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Reveals how the American bureaucracy delivers significant services directly to the people, how it has expanded in response to citizen demands for increased government services, and how bureaucrats sometimes face contradictory expectations that are difficult to satisfy. Case studies include FIMA's support for tornado victims in Maryland, government response to environmental concerns during the 60's and 70's, and child labor laws that prevented children under sixteen from becoming teenage umpires.
Online
2003
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The Courts [electronic resource]: Our Rule of Law

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Examines the role of courts as institutions dedicated to conflict resolution, with the power to apply and to interpret the meaning of law in trial and appeal courts. Reveals the difficulty of creating a judiciary that is independent of politics and the increased power the Supreme Court has acquired through its use of judicial review. Case studies include the trial of Rodney King and the ensuing L.A. riots, the Supreme Court decision in the Bush/Gore presidential election, and the appointment of Joyce Bird as Chief Justice of California.
Online
2003
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The Media [electronic resource]: Inside Story

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Explores the media as an integral part of American democracy, highlighting its scrutiny of the performance of public officials, the interdependence of politics and the media, and the power the media wields in selecting the news. Examples include the Washington Post's investigation of the deaths of 240 children and subsequent challenge of D.C. Child Protection Services; the press' revelation of the dangers of smoking during the "Tobacco Wars", and a field trip to CNN.
Online
2003
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Public Opinion [electronic resource]: Voice of the People

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Examines the power of public opinion to influence government policy, the increasing tendency of public officials to rely on polls, and the need to use many forms of feedback to get an accurate measure of public opinion. Examples include the ABC/Washington post poll on federalizing airport security screening post September 11th; the construction of polls to predict the outcome of presidential elections including Ross Perot's biased opinion poll, and the public outcry when civil unions for gay and lesbian couples were approved in Vermont.
Online
2003
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Political Parties [electronic resource]: Mobilizing Agents

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Explains how political parties perform important functions that link the public to the institutions of American government. Parties create coalitions of citizens who share political goals, elect candidates to public office to achieve those goals, and organize the legislative and executive branches of government. Examples include the political advancement of Cindy Montañez, Mayor of the city of San Fernando; the 1993 mayorial race in New York City as a revelation of the differences between Democrats and Republican, and how Senator Jim Jefford's 1991 decision to change his allegiance shifted the balance of power in the Congress and directly influenced the investigation of Enron.
Online
2003
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Elections [electronic resource]: The Maintenance of Democracy

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Explores the crucial role of strategy in the two-stage electoral campaign system; the opportunities for citizens to choose, organize, and elect candidates who will pursue policies they favor and the need for campaigns to increase voter turnout by educating citizens about the importance and influence of their vote. Examples include campaign initiatives to elect Kennedy in spite of the fact that he was a Catholic; grassroots political activism in Montgomery County, Maryland, and the 1990's campaign by rock musicians to enourage young people to vote and sway opinions on music censorship issues.
Online
2003
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Interest Groups [electronic resource]: Organizing to Influence

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Shows how America's large number of corporate, citizen-action, and grass-roots interest groups enhance our representative process by giving citizens a role in shaping policy agendas. Examples include the controversy and lobbying over the "Crusader" weapsons system; the opposition of the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support to the proposed 2002 changes to the Welfare Bill, and citizen action that prevented highways from being built through the center of South Pasadena, California.
Online
2003
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Global Politics [electronic resource]: U.S. And the World

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Examines the need for the United States to use the tools of foreign policy in ways that recognize the growing interdependence of nations, implementing both traditional and new forms of military, trade, and diplomatic strategies to promote benefits for America and the world as a whole. Examples include the controversy over America's participation in Operation Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovia, the use of international trade as an instrument of U.S. foreign policy in South Korea, and Jody William's creation of a non-governmental organization to globally ban the use of landmines.
Online
2003
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Citizenship: Making Government Work

This program introduces basic concepts of government, politics, and citizenship. It explores the tension between maintaining order and preserving freedoms, the essential role of politics in addressing the will of the people, and the need for citizens to participate in order to make democracy work.
Online
2016; 2003
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The Constitution: Fixed or Flexible?

This program examines the search for balance between the original Constitution and the need to interpret and adjust it to meet the needs of changing times. It explains the original Jeffersonian-Madisonian debate, the concept of checks and balances, and the stringent procedures for amending the Constitution.
Online
2016; 2003
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Federalism: U.S. V. The States

This program explores federalism as a Constitutional compromise, especially in terms of present-day conflicts between people who believe that power should reside primarily in the national government and those who want government authority retained within the states
Online
2016; 2003
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Civil Liberties: Safeguarding theiIndividual

This program examines the First, Fourth, and Sixth Constitutional Amendments to show how the Bill of Rights protects individual citizens from excessive or arbitrary government interference, yet, contrary to the belief of many Americans, does not grant unlimited rights.
Online
2016; 2003
19.

Civil Rights: Demanding Equality

This program looks at the nature of the guarantees of political and social equality, and the roles that individuals and government have played in expanding these guarantees to less-protected segments of society, such as African Americans, women, and the disabled.
Online
2016; 2003
20.

Legislatures: Laying Down the Law

This program explores the idea that legislatures, although contentious bodies, are institutions composed of men and women who make representative democracy work by reflecting and reconciling the wide diversity of views held by Americans.
Online
2016; 2003