🙏 Free Reviews 2020
Required Founding Documents
Required Supreme Court Cases
🏛 Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy
1.5Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
1.7Relationship Between States and the Federal Government
1.8Constitutional Interpretations of Federalism
⚖️ Unit 2: Interactions Among Branches of Government
2.0Unit 2 Overview: Interactions Among Branches of Government
2.2Structures, Powers, and Functions of Congress
2.4Roles and Power of the President
2.8The Judicial Branch
2.11Checks on the Judicial Branch
✊ Unit 3: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
3.2First Amendment: Freedom of Religion
3.6Amendments: Balancing Individual Freedom with Public Order and Safety
3.7Selective Incorporation & the 14th Amendment
3.8Amendments: Due Process and the Rights of the Accused
3.11Government Responses to Social Movements
🐘 Unit 4: American Political Ideologies and Beliefs
🗳 Unit 5: Political Participation
🧐 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
✍️ Free Response Questions (FRQ)
AP Gov FRQ: Argument Essay Review (2020)
FRQ: Conceptual Analysis
⏱️ 1 min read
June 11, 2020
We have discussed several powers of the presidency already, but the powers that the President currently has is far beyond those described in the Constitution. This expansion of powers - both formal and informal - has been justified by presidents. 🦾
A key foundational document that you should be familiar with is Federalist No. 70. This may be one of the documents that you will be required to pull evidence from for the argumentative essay FRQ. This document, written by Alexander Hamilton, advocated for a strong and single executive. 💪🏼 This has often been used as justification for the increased powers allocated to the executive branch.
The 22nd Amendment was passed in response to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office. It stated that a President may only serve 2 full terms in office - showing a change in the role of the President.
Several events can demonstrate the expansion of presidential power. Here are some you should consider:
Civil War - President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus 🎩.
The New Deal 🃏 - President Roosevelt’s programs completely changed the American economy at the time, including implementation of welfare programs.
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