Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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Modified - 11/23/2015 07:53pm Civics and Economic Links

CIVICS 

Our Documents - The following is a list of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.

 

THE CONSTITUTION

The Preamble -

If you only remember three words of the Constitution, they should probably be "We the People." Those first three words of the Preamble establish the most important concept of American government, the idea (known as "popular sovereignty") that all government power derives only from the consent of the people. "We the People" created this Constitution to establish a government (in Abraham Lincoln's famous words) "of the people, by the people, for the people."  from Shmoop.com

 


 

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USA.gov - View an organizational directory of the U.S. government.


First.gov  is the official portal for government information of all types. It offers an excellent search engine for the federal government and provides some links to state information. It also includes links to contact government officials.

Searchgov.com is a search engine for government information. You may search for state as well as federal government information.

Interactive constitution by the National Constitution Center

shmoop.com/civics/ Think Civics is boring? Think again. The Constitution, law, politics and government- is really about you. Us. The forces that shape the issues that get you fired up. Which side are you on?
This site includes in depth looks at our Constitution, some of the Amendments, the three branches of government, Federal Bureaucracy

Church and State  - from Shmoop.com. It's a great site. They give many examples of court cases and the information is easy to understand.



JUDICIAL BRANCH

Find Law - Supreme Court cases by year

Oyez - a collection of court cases including recent, read and hear the arguments for and against

Famous Trials - mostly of the United States but significant, none the less


 



LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

 Thomas - In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress

United States Senate 

United States House of Representatives 




Political Interest Groups

Interest Groups in American Politics

An interest group (also called an advocacy group, lobbying group, pressure group, or special interest) is a group, however loosely or tightly organized, that is determined to encourage or prevent changes in public policy without trying to be elected.




Election Information

On the Issues - Every political leader on every issue

 




Government

Political Compass Test - How do YOU see your country and our world? Take the quiz and find out.

Public Agenda -

Public Agenda’s mission is to improve democratic problem solving.

They pursue this nonpartisan mission through research, engagement and communications that bridge the divisions and disconnects among leaders and publics so that sustainable solutions to tough challenges can be achieved.

US Government information by topic -

Scan by topic to find the government information and services you need.




Executive Branch

US Presidents - from The History Channel

Discover the history behind the presidents of the United States.  Find out which president served the longest, who the youngest president was and much more.

United States Presidents

United States White House - The White House.gov website





Political Parties

American Independent Party
Democratic Party
Green Party
Libertarian Party
Natural Law Party
Peace and Freedom Party
Reform Party
Republican Party




Politics and Policies

Fast Check.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding. They also have excellent classroom tools and lesson plans to "see through the spin".

Public Agenda Public Agenda’s mission is to improve democratic problem solving.

 




Speeches

Speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. - from the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute

Write Spirit - This site seeks to share the vision of ancient writers as well as modern social commentary by writers in the 20th Century. WriteSpirit.net is a humble effort to share these writings, philosophy, and poetry. It is our hope that these lofty writings may inspire your life and help you reach your goals inner and outer.

Famous Eulogies Over the years, there are a lot of unforgettable eulogies that were dedicated to famous people.

American Rhetoric - An online speech bank database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.



ECONOMICS

 

"There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed."

Mahatma Gandhi



The Stock Market Game -  The SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game™ (SMG) gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an on-line portfolio. They're learning economic and financial concepts they'll use for the rest of their lives.

 

Supply and Demand Activity - (EconEdLink)

 

Fill 'Er Up Activity - (EconEdLink)

 

 EconData.Net - This site is sponsored by the Economic Development Administration. It is designed to help students gain access to relevant state and local socio-economic data.