College Park High School / U.S. Government

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Basic Essay Structure

How to Analyze the Logic of an Article, Essay, or Chapter

Grading Rubric for Research Essays

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Owl Purdue APA Citation Style

Sample APA Paper 1

Sample APA Paper 2

Sample APA Paper 3

Annotated Film Bibliography

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California Standards for U.S. Government / Economics (12th Grade)

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Research Projects / Examinations

Capitalism and Democracy - Research Project One

Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Traditional / Government Perspectives)
  • Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal - Ayn Rand
  • The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won't Tell You - Palmer
  • Attack on the Free Enterprise System - Lewis Powell (The Powell Memo)
  • What's Gone Wrong With Democracy - The Economist
  • Free Enterprise: The Economics of Cooperation - The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Fair vs. Free - Friedman
  • Interest Group Politics - Loomis and Cigler
  • Free Speech Requires Campaign Money - Smith
  • The Road to Serfdom - Hayek
  • Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis - Von Mises
  • Capitalism and Freedom - Friedman
  • American Democracy in Peril - Hudson
  • The Case for Congress - Hamilton
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Critical Perspectives)
  • Elections and the Illusion of Political Control - Urie
  • Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? - Hedges and Wolin
  • Plutocracy Now! - Brenner
  • Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens - Gilens and Page
  • Fixed Fortunes: Biggest US Corporate Political Interests Spend Billions, Get Trillions - Global Research News
  • Oligarchy - Street
  • The Evaporation of Democracy - Del Savio and Mameli
  • After Citizens United: The Story in the States - Lee, Ferguson, and Earley
  • The Divine Right of Capital - Kelly
  • Democracy for the Few - Parenti
  • America Beyond Capitalism - Alperovitz
  • Myth America: Democracy vs. Capitalism - Boyer
  • Who Rules America? - Domhoff
  • The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution - Draffan
  • The Power of the Rich - Tabb
  • "This Land is Your Land" - Hightower
  • "Capitalism: The Absurd System" - McChesney and Foster
  • Are You Working For A Psycho? - Bakan
  • Economic Terrorism: The Consequences Are Poverty and Mass Unemployment - DeGraw
  • The American Nightmare: US Economic Elite Wages War on the American People - DeGraw
  • The Axis of Greed: The Nature and Structure of the Economic Elite - DeGraw
  • The Financial Coup D'Etat: Consolidation of America's Economic Elite - DeGraw
  • Evidence of a Financial Coup in America - DeGraw
  • The Economic Elite Versus the People of the USA - DeGraw
  • George Farah on Presidential Debates - Bill Moyers
  • Big Economic Theory Underpinning Libertarian Economics Is Total Baloney - Coblenz
  • Is That A Politician In Your Pocket? - Sifry and Watzman
  • United States Immigration Policy - Research Project Two

    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Conservative)
  • Immigration: Opposing Viewpoints - Williams
  • Mass Immigration: Its Effect On Our Culture - Auster
  • The Top Ten Symptoms of Immigration - Borjas
  • Address to the United States Senate (2001) - Byrd
  • Statement Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary - Duncan
  • Q: Should Washington Stem the Tide of Both Legal and Illegal Immigration? - Eldredge
  • The System Finds Immigration Control All But Impossible - Francis
  • The Hispanic Challenge - Huntington
  • Immigration Nation - Jacoby
  • The Immigrant Invasion - Warne
  • Books and Periodical Research for Immigration
  • Website Organizations for Immigration Research
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Liberal)
  • The US Must Take Responsibility for Asylum Seekers and the History That Drives Them - Wilson
  • The New War on Immigrants - Akers
  • Beyond the Wall: an In-Depth Look at U.S. Immigration Policy - Gordon
  • From Scapegoating to Solidarity: 2016 Is the Year to Turn the Immigration Debate Around - Wilson
  • Scapegoating Immigrants - Gasper
  • Civic Contributions of Immigrants - The Urban Institute
  • Immigration: Myth and Reality - Akers
  • Operation Gatekeeper: Militarizing the Border - Akers
  • Don't Blame Immigrants for Terrorism - Griswold
  • Keep the Border Open - Hornberger
  • Q: Should Congress Grant Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants - Jackson Lee
  • A Nation of Immigrants - Kennedy
  • Immigrants Cushion the Economic Fall - Kotkin
  • Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders - Riley
  • The New Immigration - Roberts
  • Immigration: A Cause of the Clash of Civilizations...or a Solution to It? - Wattenberg
  • Text Assignments for Spring 2018 (Due: Friday, December 14, 2018)

    Final Exam Study Guide

    Recent Articles, Documentaries, and Websites of Interest for US Government Students:

  • The Political Compass
  • Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens - Gilens and Page
  • The Crisis of Democracy - The Trilateral Commission (1973)
  • The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto) - Reclaim Democracy!
  • A Century of War - RT Documentary
  • Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us
  • The Lie We Live [Smart Kid - A Nice Wake-Up Call] - Spencer Cathcart
  • War Is A Racket - Major General Smedley Butler
  • Four Horsemen - Documentary (Great Stuff! Check This Out!)
  • Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism
  • Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary
  • Wondering About the Origins of ISIS? (You'd Better Buckle Your Seatbelts for This One)
  • Capitalism Never Solves Its Crises; It Moves Them Around Geographically - RSAnimate
  • Two American Families - Frontline Documentary
  • We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim - Lawrence Lessig on TED
  • Global Wealth Inequality: What You Never Knew You Never Knew - therules.org
  • Wealth Inequality in America - therules.org
  • Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us - Institute for Policy Studies
  • Park Ave: Wealth, Poverty, and the American Dream - Documentary
  • Shadows of Liberty - Documentary (Mass Media)
  • Plutocracy in America - Brenner
  • Addicted To War - Andreas
  • Consent Without Consent: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Democracy - Chomsky
  • Searching for Steele: James Steele, America's Mystery Man in Iraq - BBC / Guardian Documentary
  • The Crisis of Civilization - Documentary
  • Let Your Life Be A Friction That Stops The Machine - Class War Films
  • Political Fraud - Class War Films
  • Financial Crime - Class War Films
  • Imperial Decay - Class War Films
  • Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis - Documentary
  • WikiRebels - Documentary
  • Obamacare: A Deception - Roberts
  • The Purchase of Our Republic - Falkson
  • Empire Under Obama: Counterinsurgency, Death Squads, and the Population as the Target - Marshall
  • Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? - Taibbi
  • Smash the Control Machine - Otep Rocks!
  • Rise Rebel Resist - Otep Rocks!
  • The Story of Stuff Project
  • The World is Coming to an End - Prince Ea
  • The Final Word from My Two Favorite Comedians of All Time on "The Big Question"