AP US Gov - Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy Review
A brief overview of Unit 1 content and an introduction to AP US Gov!
1.0 Unit 1 Overview: Foundations of American Democracy
Foundational Documents Review
We'll take a look at all of the Foundational Documents which you are required to know for the exam and which one of the essay questions is based on.
Marbury v. Madison, McCulloch v. Maryland and US v. Lopez
We'll explore your first three required Supreme Court cases of the school year: Marbury v. Madison (judicial review), McCulloch v. Maryland (commerce and supremacy clause), and US v. Lopez (commerce clause). By the end of this cast, you'll understand the story behind each case, the constitutional questions, and why they matter.
In this stream, we'll explore the Constitutional Convention, looking at the major compromises of the event in the summer of 1787. Additionally, we'll talk about the ratification process and the debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.
Types of Federalism Part 1 - Dual vs Cooperative
We'll begin tracing the timeline of American federalism and how for almost 150 years, American utilized a system of dual and cooperative federalism. We'll explore examples of these including an in-depth look at the New Deal program of FDR and the Great Society program of LBJ.
The Powers - Expressed, Implied, Concurrent, Denied...
When looking at the Constitution there are many different types of powers and it's so easy to get them confused. We'll look at the expressed, implied, concurrent, reserved, and denied powers, explaining them and getting real-life examples of them. If you confuse the different powers, you won't after watching this!
Declaration of Independence
One of the Foundational Documents that you must know for the AP Gov exam is the Declaration of Independence. In this stream, we will explore the history behind the document, break the document apart, and discover just what exactly each part means and why it is important.
Introduction to Federalism
Just what is federalism and why does it matter? In this introduction to federalism, we'll talk about the different types of national governments, some of the basic vocabulary that you need to know, and all about the different types of powers under federalism.
Federalist 10 and 51, Brutus 1
In GOPO, there are Foundational Documents which you must absolutely intimately understand for the AP test. Three of those documents are Federalist 10 and 51, trying to convince Americans of the necessity of the new Constitution, as well as Brutus 1 which was the Anti-Federalists attempt to warn Americans of the dangers of the new Constitution. We'll dive deep into all three of these documents and talk about what they mean and why they are important.
Constitution 101 and Principles
Take a deep dive into the Articles of the Constitution, exploring concepts such as popular sovereignty, judicial review, federalism, and more.
Articles of Confederation
Before the Constitution came along, the Articles of Confederation outlined how the American government would function. Let's find out its pros and cons!
Intro to US Gov: Models of Representative Democracy, Enlightenment Thought
This stream will introduce students to the basic definitions of government and politics, as well as discuss models of democracy and the influence of Enlightenment thinkers on American government.
1.1 Ideals of Democracy
1.3 Federalist No. 10 & Brutus 1 Summary
1.4 Challenges of the Articles of Confederation
1.5 Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
1.6 Principles of American Government
1.8 Constitutional Interpretations of Federalism
1.9 Federalism in Action
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