Political Parties, Interest Groups and the Media

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There is more to the political life of the United States than just the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the U.S. government itself. In this volume, young historians will learn about the realities of politics in America, from the importance of political parties, to the lobbying of interest groups, to the influence of the media. Readers will learn about the two major U.S. political parties, third parties, how lobbyists influence the governmental process, and the importance of money. Special sections...
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Overview

There is more to the political life of the United States than just the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the U.S. government itself. In this volume, young historians will learn about the realities of politics in America, from the importance of political parties, to the lobbying of interest groups, to the influence of the media. Readers will learn about the two major U.S. political parties, third parties, how lobbyists influence the governmental process, and the importance of money. Special sections focus on the role of the media -- from the influential images of political cartoonists to the coverage in newspapers and magazines and on radio, TV, and the Internet -- on politics and government in the United States. Detailed tables rank the leading interest groups and the most widely read newspapers and magazines.
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Children's Literature
An addition to the "World Almanac Library of American Government" series, this volume focuses on the fundamental documents that frame government activity, the roles of Federal agencies, and the organizations that influence the government: political parties, media, and lobbyists. Illustrations, drawn from current news sources, archival material, and political cartooning enliven and convey information. Occasional pie charts and graphs extend ideas within the text and provide interpretative discussion material such as two lists, one of the contributions of major industries to each political party and the circulation of major U.S. Daily newspapers. Frequent sidebars introduce related ideas such as biased news reporting, special interests and ways they work the system, third party candidates and Eugene V. Debs's socialist campaign and its outcomes. Each volume features a separate timeline of important events, a glossary, other sources of information, and an index. All in all, it is a clearly written and well-laid out volume. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 11 to 14.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Both of these authoritative, tightly written texts are keyed to state and national curriculum standards and have balanced and engaging presentations. They include an array of historical and contemporary photos and reproductions, statistics, primary-source documents, tables, case studies, and biographical sketches. In the first title, Horn not only discusses the process involved in making changes to the Constitution, but also details the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the amendments. The full text of all 27 amendments is appended. In Political Parties, the author describes the tumultuous world of politics and the realities of special-interests lobbying, third parties, and the influence of the media. Highly readable overviews for casual information seekers, yet perfect for reports.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836854831
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
  • Publication date: 7/3/2003
  • Series: World Almanac Library of American Government
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Fourth Branch of Government 4
Chapter 2 The Two Major Parties 10
Chapter 3 Third Parties 17
Chapter 4 Money in American Politics 22
Chapter 5 Interest Groups and Lobbyists 27
Chapter 6 Press and Politics 32
Chapter 7 Electronic Media 37
Tables 41
Popular Vote for President, by Candidates and Parties (2000)
Contributions to Congressional Candidates, Ranked by Industry
Major U.S. Daily Newspapers, Ranked by Circulation
Time Line 44
Glossary 45
To Find Out More 46
Index 47
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