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America: The User’s Manual - Third Edition

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Benjamin R. Kantack, Lycoming College

Copyright Year: 2023

Publisher: Tekakwitha Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Mary Morris, Associate Professor, University of Southern Indiana on 6/10/22

America: The User’s Manual provides a basic overview of the main components of American government, from its Constitutional underpinnings through the three branches of government and the role of political intermediaries (re: media, interest... read more

Reviewed by Jakob Miller, Asst. Prof. of Pol. Science, Taylor University on 5/19/22

The book is focused and reasonably comprehensive, given its stated design goals and pedagogical purposes. The book introduces students to many of the fundamental aspects of the American political system without diving too deeply into any... read more

Reviewed by Bryan McQuide, Associate Professor, Grand View University on 12/27/21

This textbook is written and designed as a "user's manual" to American Government for students in survey/intro courses in American Government. It is a basic introduction to the major functions and principles of American government without going... read more

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Politics
  • The Constitution
  • Federalism
  • Civil Liberties
  • Civil Rights
  • Public Opinion
  • Interest Groups
  • Parties
  • Elections
  • Congress
  • The Presidency
  • The Bureaucracy
  • The Courts
  • Media
  • Appendix A: Declaration of Independence
  • Appendix B: U.S. Constitution
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Photo Credits
  • About the Author

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  • About the Book

    This is a free textbook written for introductory undergraduate courses in American politics. It may also be suitable for precocious high school students, as well as for non-students who want to learn how American government works.

    About the Contributors


    Benjamin R. Kantack is an assistant professor of political science at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Nebraska and master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Illinois. Previously, he taught at the University of Georgia and Georgia Gwinnett College. His research has been published in American Politics Research; the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties; the Journal of Political Science; Political Research Quarterly; Public Understanding of Science; and Social Science Quarterly. America: The User’s Manual is his first textbook.

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