This handbook provides an overview of the fundamentals of journalism. Author Deborah Potter writes that “journalism is both a profession and craft, since journalists draw on specialized skills and adhere […]
Millions of U.S. voters cast ballots in nationwide elections for federal offices. Federal elections occur in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November for the popular […]
Free and fair elections help ensure the peaceful and orderly transfer of power from citizens to an elected representative. They likewise provide the same for the transfer of power from […]
Religious freedom is a fundamental right. Since the United States began, this right has been recognized. The nation’s founders insisted on free religious choice. The U.S. Constitution expressly protects religious […]
Download this free poster to commemorate 230 years of American diplomacy around the world! Created in 1789 as the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs and later renamed the U.S. Department of State, […]
What makes the U.S. government uniquely American? Learn about the separation of powers and the institutions and practices that constitute U.S. democracy. The structure of the U.S. government is defined by the Constitution, but the ways in which institutions and officials meet the requirements of the Constitution are open to interpretation.
The Berlin Wall—symbol of a divided city within a divided nation within a divided continent—was grounded in decades-old historical divisions at the end of World War II. In August 1961, the German Democratic Republic began to construct the Berlin Wall. At first it was barbed wire, but soon it expanded into a 5 meter high 165 kilometer long network of concrete walls topped with barbed wire, and guarded with gun emplacements, watchtowers, and mines. This book recounts how and why that wall crumbled.
The U.S. marks its Independence Day on July 4, the day in 1776 when founding fathers approved the Declaration of Independence. Download your choice of PDF files of this free poster today!
Americans are bound together by the shared belief that individual liberty is essential to free government.
Democracy is more than just a set of specific government institutions.
Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of any democracy. Elections give citizens a voice in their government in the most fundamental way: by deciding who governs.
The first 13 states of the Union functioned almost as independent countries.