People Rule - Summary

The United States of America is a country formed by people seeking refuge from the rules and regulations of a King (and Parliament) across the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout America’s history, however, its own federal government has played a significant role in the life of the country’s citizens.

The U.S. federal government has three branches: Legislative (Congress), Executive (President) and Judicial (Supreme Court). Each is intended to function as a “check and balance” against the others (thereby avoiding any overstepping the bounds of power and legality by any single branch).

For the most part, citizens ignore any wrangling within the three government branches unless that wrangling affects their daily lives. In this story, learn about the relationship Americans have with these three branches of government (and a bit about how the separate branches vie for power between themselves).

For example, in 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) has a running battle with the US Supreme Court. He attempts to put Justices on the court who agree with his social policies. He’s not able to “pack the court” because of public opinion, the press and the Congress.

Earlier in US history, when “the news” is learned mainly from newspapers, Colonial Americans fight against the laws of Britain’s King. Their elected representatives, such as Thomas Jefferson, create and sign a Declaration of Independence (declaring the colonies are no-longer under the rule of King and Parliament).

Step into the political fray, in this story, to learn how difficult (and expensive) it is for a candidate to run for President and other elective offices. Assess how such costs have escalated during election years as Americans exercise their right to choose their leaders.

From time to time, U.S. citizens themselves must assess whether the federal government has overstepped its bounds. What happens when that occurs?

During times of war, the federal government has the right to “draft” soldiers while, at other times, U.S. military forces consist of volunteers. Generally, citizens support their military even when they do not support a particular war or conflict. There have been exceptions to that, however. When have those exceptions occurred?

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Sep 01, 2004

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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