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Government and Political Science

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  • Americas Explorers And Pioneers


    From sailing ships to spaceships, the development of America is filled with stories of courageous adventurers. Your students will thrill to the exploits of Columbus, Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, and John Muir—and the vast country they discovered. Includes onscreen captions; printable teacher’s guide, quizzes, and historic documents; and conversations with two explorers of the final frontier.

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  • Understanding Government Set


    Set Includes:
    The Executive Branch
    The Judicial Branch
    The Legislative Branch

    Additional Info
    Give your teens a concise visual overview of America’s three distinct branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. Learn why our Founding Fathers felt that separation of power was essential, how a system of checks and balances can prevent tyranny, and how these branches have interacted over the last 200 years. Three slipcased DVDs, approx. 2.5 hours total.

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  • Declaration Of Independence


    …We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…

    These words grace The Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, which remain as true today as when it was conceived. It is critical for American citizens to understand their importance in defining our freedoms and the foundation of democracy. This captivating program explores the political forces that existed before 1776 and the socioeconomic realities that made it necessary to declare to the world our independence from Great Britain. Examine the body of knowledge that contributed to The Declaration of Independence, such as the Magna Carta of 1215.

    Fresh meaning to this extraordinary document is presented and these questions are answered: Why is John Hancock’s signature so prominent? Considering it was adopted on July 2nd, 1776, why do we celebrate our independence on the 4th of July? Who is generally credited as the principal author of The Declaration of Independence? Great American thinkers, political leaders and presidents have reflected on this document long after it was written. Noted educators and elected officials share their thoughts and insights on one of America’s most important manuscripts.

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  • United States Constitution


    We the People of the United States…
    No official document begins more memorably than the opening words of the Preamble of The Constitution of the United States of America. This dynamic, enduring document is the supreme law of the land. It is designed to enhance the value and dignity of the individual and make certain the individual is never a servant to the state.
    The Constitution is one of the most important and versatile documents ever written. Orderly systems of government, a president who is held accountable by Congress and brilliantly conceived checks and balances all flow from the Constitution and have served as the backbone for creating and maintaining the greatest nation in history. It has stood the test of time and remains viable and fresh in an age, today, when life is much different than when it was written.

    This extraordinary production combines the insight of American Political Science experts on the interpretation of The Constitution with live action and documentary photography to explain and amplify the most important document we have in American society.

    The Just The Facts (TM) Learning Series explores the Constitution in a fast-paced style that makes learning fun! 50 minutes.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Full-Motion Menus
    Scene Index
    A Teacher’s User Guide
    Bonus Profile of John Locke
    Multiple-Choice Quiz
    U.S. Constitution Complete Text with Printable PDF

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  • Understanding Government The Judicial Branch


    The Supreme Court s responsibility is to interpret all laws and ensure that they do not conflict with the founding principles of the Constitution.

    Examine numerous landmark cases including Marbury v. Madison, McCulloch vs. Maryland, and Gibbons v. Ogden. The challenges faced by the Judicial Branch over the history of the United States are fascinating and crucial to complete understanding of the American political system.

    Noted educators and elected officials share their insight on this very important facet of American political science. The Just The Facts Learning Series explores The Judicial Branch in a fast-paced style that makes learning fun!

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  • Understanding Government The Executive Branch


    Understanding Government: The Executive Branch, is a fascinating program that analyzes the powers of the President from a legal and historical point of view. Past presidents had differing opinions on executive power some held very conservative views on its scope of authority, while others held a more liberal stance on the powers granted the president and a few overstepped its bounds. This includes not only Richard Nixon, but also Franklin D. Roosevelt and even Abraham Lincoln. Noted educators and elected officials offer insight on this important facet of American political science.

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  • Understanding Government The Legislative Branch


    The Constitution of the United States established three distinct branches of Government – the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial. Our founding fathers, in their wisdom, formed these divisions of government to establish the principle of separation of powers. This creates an internal system of checks and balances designed to protect citizens from capricious or tyrannical actions of government.

    Discover important insight about the inner workings of the combined houses, Congress, including how laws are made, the role and power of committees, the influence of special interest groups and lobbyists, and the checks and balances that exist between the two houses and political parties. Noted educators and elected officials share their insight of this very important facet of American political science.

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  • United States Bill Of Rights And Constitutional Amendments


    Learn what makes the Bill of Rights so important to America! Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America… That preface begins the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to The Constitution of the United States. When the Constitution was written, certain framers, powerful political leaders of their day, like Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry, insisted on adding basic legal protections to ensure individual rights.

    As a consequence, the first ten amendments were added to clarify the rights of the citizens of the United States of America These are essential human rights, granted to all of us, that we should know and understand. In this video they are laid out in very easy-to-understand language, with comments from noted American Political Science experts from major universities who help interpret the language of this essential document.

    In addition, this video includes all the subsequent amendments made to the Constitution of the United States through to the present. These include such important national issues as slavery, prohibition, and the extension of voting rights to all citizens. This video is essential viewing for any student of American History, and anyone interested in understanding our national heritage and basic rights as citizens. The Just The Facts Learning Series brings you the Bill of Rights in a fast-paced style that makes learning fun!

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  • American Government Parts 1 And 2


    Our government has evolved over the years, from the First Constitutional Congress to recent case law. Reserved powers are tested, expanded, and limited.

    This series will explain the history and divisions of our government, including their responsibilities and powers.

    The American Government DVD 2-Pack includes American Government Part 1 and Part 2.

    Grade Level: 5+

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  • Learn American Government Part 1 For The People


    The American Government was carefully crafted to be a dynamic system of checks and balances. None of the three branches is more powerful than the other two, and each branch has powers specifically designed to keep the others in line. Untangling this bureaucracy is not only important for civics and history classes, but also in making sense of the evening news! With the Standard Deviants, you’ll quickly understand the branches of the government, their powers, and how they’ve evolved over the years. (Formerly titled American Government 1 DVD)

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  • American Government Part 2


    In American Government Part 2, you will learn about the six powers of the President, the roots of the legislative branch, congressional powers, how a bill becomes law, and much more. The Standard Deviants will also introduce you to the prominent case law that shaped our government, such as Shaw v. Reno, Marbury v. Madison, Baker v. Carr, and others.

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