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Mara, Wil

Summary: In Democracy at Work, readers will learn about another side of the American government, both past and present. Sidebars include thought-provoking trivia, and ask questions about current events as well as the readers' own lives.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Cherry Lake Publishing 2017

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 320.4 MAR

Friedman, Mark

Summary: Provides an account of major events in the creation of the democratic process in the U.S. government, describing key people involved such as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison, discussing the impact of the democratic process on the history and development of the United States.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Children's Press 2012

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J 320.973 FRI

Roth, Zachary.

Summary: "A deeply reported look inside the new conservative movement working to undermine American democracy. Control of the country is up for grabs--and Republicans have been rigging the game in their favor. Twenty-two states have passed restrictions on voting. Ruthless gerrymandering has given the GOP a long-term grip on Congress. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has eviscerated campaign finance laws,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Crown 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 320.5 ROT

Summary: This program explores the history and anatomy of the ongoing political debate over the idea of shifting power and authority from the federal government to the states and individuals. The program goes back to the founding of the country and examines the split between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton over how much power the federal government should have, through the Civil War, to the...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This fast-paced and informative program shows students how the Constitution established the Executive Branch, and provided for the separation of powers and the relationship of the Executive Branch to the Legislative and Judicial Branches of the federal and state government. Specific roles of the Chief Executive are defined such as Commander-in-Chief, Foreign Policy Director, Legislative Leader,...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Congressman, senator, presidential candidate, and author-Eugene McCarthy was all of these, and one of the most progressive public figures of the twentieth century as well. This program offers a fascinating glimpse into the Senator's life, personality, and thinking. In interviews recorded during the last decade of his life, McCarthy muses on a wide range of subjects-from his early years in...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: This program deciphers the legislative process by explaining how an idea metamorphoses into a law. In interviews, prominent legislators and lobbyists explain how a bill is conceived, moved through the House and Senate or killed in committee, amended, prepared for a vote, and sent for the President or Governor's signature.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: In an adversarial climate of polarization and power confrontations, how can the U.S. government get anything done? In part one of this program, correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the obstacles to bipartisan compromise between the Clinton administration and Congress as well as the difficulties parties have in disciplining their own members in Congress. In part two, Mr. Smith probes the rise...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: How far can a President go to defend the nation? This program examines the unprecedented presidential power that some say has been amassed by the Bush administration-and wielded, often secretly, in the name of national security. Bill Moyers gets perspective from two experts on the limits and abuses of federal power: Charles Fried, who teaches Constitutional law at Harvard Law School and served...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Sargent, Greg

Summary: "The acclaimed and razor-sharp Washington Post writer on the Republican subversion of our democracy, and what must be done to save ourselves before it's too late. American democracy is facing a crisis as fraught as we've seen in decades. Donald Trump's presidency has raised the specter of authoritarian rule. Extreme polarization and the scorched-earth war between the parties drags on with no...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Custom House 2018

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Brill, Steven

Summary: "From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America's Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change. In this revelatory narrative...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306 BRI

Summary: Was the inauguration of Barack Obama a progressive moment? In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers talks with political columnist and blogger David Sirota and The Wall Street Journal's Thomas Frank about expectations of the new administration and what must be accomplished for Obama to be considered a progressive President. Then, Moyers sits down with Columbia law professor and Nation...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: This program focuses on the Judicial Branch and its role in government. The Supreme Court's decisions concerning school desegregation, school prayers, abortion, prison overcrowding, the death penalty, and the rights of criminal defendants are explored. Students see how the Court's decisions affect their daily lives, how it resolves disputes without bloodshed, how it interprets our laws and...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: America's unions have bet on Barack Obama to initiate a recovery that will revive not only the economy, but the organized labor movement as well. In this program, Bill Moyers and United Steelworkers International's Leo Gerard address topics ranging from economic justice for workers, to the future of American manufacturing, to Gerard's hopes for how unions will fare under the Obama...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: The 535 elected U.S. Senators and Representatives carry with them the desires and opinions of over 200 million Americans. Congress is often accused of being out of touch with the people-but what does the system demand of them? Is there enough time in the day to satisfy all of the varied interests and mandates of the job? This program explores the world through the eyes of those we elect. From...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Moderated by Harvard Law School's Charles Nesson, this Fred Friendly Seminar focuses on the tension between the President and Congress during a policy crisis in the fictional European country of Nukraine, involving issues such as the power to wage war, conduct diplomacy, and operate in secrecy, as well as the media's responsibilities in matters of national security. Panelists include U.S....

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Does the Constitution give the states or Congress the right to regulate commerce? In 1818, a steamboat was ordered to leave New York waters because it had no license to operate within the state. In this case, the Marshall court ruled that the federal government did have the power to regulate commerce and in so doing laid the foundation for a unified American common market.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: Congress plays a vital role in hammering out the policies that shape everyday life. Why then do so many Americans feel that it exists in a world of its own, out of touch with the very constituencies that elected them in the first place? This program scrutinizes the political landscape through the eyes of America's elected elite, presenting firsthand what politicians really do-and endure-both in...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: The United States Congress is among the most influential political bodies in the world. While it adheres steadfastly to many procedures and traditions, Congress is nonetheless a markedly different institution today than might have been envisioned by our Founding Fathers. This program examines how the legislative branch of the government has evolved, exploring the intended purpose of Congress...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: How has the Supreme Court reinforced the Constitution's requirement for a strong federal government? Can the states interfere with or tax the legitimate activities of the federal government? This unpopular decision dealt a blow to states' rights by reaffirming the validity of the federal government to charter a bank (in Maryland) and striking down the state's attempts to tax this federally...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Wood, Gordon S.

Summary: A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the American Revolution explains why it remains the most significant event in our history. In a series of elegant and illuminating essays, Wood explores the ideological origins of the revolution--from ancient Rome to the European Enlightenment--and the founders' attempts to forge an American democracy.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Center Point Pub. 2011

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1 available in Large Print, Call number: LP 973.3 WOO

Summary: Who determines what the Constitution means: the Supreme Court, Congress, or the President? This 1803 case established the judiciary's authority to interpret the Constitution. Marshall's insistence on the principle of "judicial review" of acts of Congress brought him into conflict with President Thomas Jefferson, but established the court's responsibility.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: In this program, various legal experts explain pretrial and trial procedures, pointing out along the way differences in juvenile proceedings. Judges and lawyers navigate the pretrial process, beginning with the establishment of probable cause and formal charging by grand jury. Indictment, pretrial release, bail, and arraignment are also discussed. Such concepts as an alibi, burden of proof, and...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: In November of 2006, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts sat down with ABC News legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg for his first network television interview-which happened to take place before 3,600 spectators at the University of Miami. This ABC News program documents that conversation, presenting Roberts' behind-the-scenes story of his nomination and offering a glimpse of...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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