Invader's Realm: APUS History Notes
Chapter 2: The
Describes the various aspects of the U.S. Constitution, the
drafting of this document, and presents arguments on its
strengths and weaknesses.
Chapter 3: Federalism
Discusses the concepts and history of federalism, how it
relates to today's political world, the current trend of
decentralization, and money management.
Chapter 5: Public
Talks about polls, surveys, what Americans think about
political issues, and how sometimes, polls cannot be trusted
to reflect what the public thinks.
Elaborates on differences in voter turnout, gives possible
explanations for American's relatively low voter turnout
rates, and describes other forms of political participation.
Chapter 7: Political
Talks about the origins of political parties, their history,
and their roles today, as well as the way the public views
them and treats them.
Elections And Campaigns
Discusses the process of organizing a campaign, looks at
effects of elections in the past, compares the U.S. and
European processes of elections and campaigns, and defines
several political terms.
Chapter 9: Interest
Elaborates on the various types of interest groups, the
history of interest groups, what they do, how they lobby
Congress, the means by which they do so, and details trends in
various types of lobbying.
Chapter 10: The Media
Discusses the history of the media, its roles today, the way
people view the media, the trustworthiness of the media, the
types of media, and its role in politics.
Chapter 11: Congress
Reviews the people in power in Congress, the ways that laws
are passed, the importance of committees, the limits on power,
the seesaw battle between individual influence and greater,
efficient law passing ability, and basic Congressional
Chapter 12: The
Compares presidents with prime ministers, goes over government
gridlock, the concerns of the Founding Fathers, the Electoral
College, the president's relationship with Congress, problems
that presidents face, presidential appointments, veto powers,
other privileges, presidential structure and transition of
presidents, as well as impeachment.
Chapter 13: The
Defines bureaucracy, talks about its growth, notes its
history, elaborates on its aspects, discusses its relationship
to Congress and the president, reveals problems with it and
gives possible solutions for reform.
Chapter 14: The
Talks about the history of the Supreme Court and the federal
courts, their functions, the relation between state and
federal courts, court powers, judicial activism versus
strict-construction, causes, and modern issues with the
Chapter 16: Economic
Discusses what economic policy is, explains the difficulties
of forming a good, all-encompassing one, touches on history,
explains about taxes and reforms, and comments on the politics
of the whole thing.
Chapter 17: Social
Elaborates upon majoritarian and client-based politics, the
history of social welfare programs in America and Europe,
Social Security and Medicare, problems in welfare programs,
and reform measures.
Chapter 18: Civil
Tries to explain the confusion between competing rights,
explains the purposes of the Bill of Rights, freedom of
expression, free speech, state government restrictions on
rights, court cases regarding civil liberties, separation
between church and state, crime and due process, and the
Chapter 19: Civil
Details the black civil rights movement, the founding of the
NAACP, the women's movement, affirmative action, how civil
rights legislation is passed, other women's issues, and rights
Chapter 20: Foreign
Discusses the types of foreign policy, its legal matters in
the United States, its history, the way it works, public
opinion, and political elites' roles in shaping foreign
Chapter 21: Military
Details military and defense policy, its make-up and
organization, rivalry among the army, navy, air force, and
Marine Corps, defense spending, and Congressional and
presidential rivalry, plus gives a few bits of history.