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Part One: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. 1. Political Forces of Change in Today's World. 2. The Constitution. Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of America. 3. Federalism. Part Two: CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES. 4. Civil Liberties. 5. Civil Rights. Part Three: PEOPLE AND POLITICS. 6. Public Opinion and Political Socialization. 7. Interest Groups. 8. Political Parties. 9. Campaigns, Elections, and the Media. Part Four: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS. 10. The Congress. 11. The Presidency. 12. The Bureaucracy. 13. The Judiciary. Part Five: PUBLIC POLICY. 14. Domestic and Economic Policy. 15. Foreign and Defense Policy. APPENDICES. A: The Declaration of Independence. B: How to Read Case Citations and Find Court Decisions. C: Presidents of the United States. D: Federalist Papers No. 10, No. 51, and No. 78. E: Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1900 to the Present. F: Party Control of Congress, 1900 to the Present. G: Spanish Equivalents for Important Terms in American Government. Glossary.