Modern Democracy in America
How does democracy function in modern-day America? Learn how a bill becomes a law, the role of American presidents, and much more in this unit on democracy in America.
The American Electoral Process
The United States Electoral College is a complex system. Learn how it came to be, and how it affects the way in which U.S. citizens are governed.
‘You Have the Right to Remain Silent’: A History of the Miranda Rights
Discover the meaning, history, and purpose behind this famous American phrase.
Close Calls in U.S. Election History
This informational text describes some close and controversial elections in U.S. history.
American Justice in the Supreme Court
This informational text is an introduction to the United States Supreme Court, how it was formed, and how it works.
An Incredible Job: Being America’s President
This information text discusses the vast responsibilities of the President, a job that seems impossible for one person to handle.
Who Gets to Be President?
This informational text discusses how the President of the United States is elected, and what occurs if the President can no longer complete his or her duties.
Hate Speech and the First Amendment
American Bar Association
This informational text discusses the debate between protecting freedom of speech and discouraging hate speech in the United States.
Getting to the Supreme Court
This article discusses how Supreme Court Justices and their cases are chosen, as well as their impact on the country.
Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?
This 2012 news article explores how the American criminal justice system handles cases in which adolescents have committed or been party to murder.
Capitalism Will Eat Democracy — Unless We Speak Up
In this TED Talk, economist Yanis Varoufakis discusses the relationship between politics and economics.
This article discusses the infamous attacks on September 11, 2001, and the effects they continue to have on America today.
Gault Case Changed Juvenile Law
This panel discussion explores the juvenile justice system in America.
The Bill of Rights in a Changing America
The Bill of Rights continues to be a guiding document for the Supreme Court’s decisions, despite its old age.
The American Criminal Justice System
Rachel Slivnick discusses the state of America’s criminal justice system.
I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System
Bobby Constantino got himself arrested to see how the justice system operated from the inside.
Prison Is a Poor Deterrent, and a Dangerous Punishment
Daniel Okonkwo discusses how juvenile offenders should be treated differently than adult offenders.
Coming of Age in North Korea
Fyodor Tertitskiy discusses the experiences of North Koreans in their adult lives.
Justices Bar Mandatory Life Terms for Juveniles
Adam Liptak and Ethan Bronner
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for juvenile offenders to be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without any chance of being free.