How America Works

How America Works Run Slideshow

We know that our government collects taxes and creates laws – but how much do we know about all the other things it does, like cleaning the streets, promoting the arts, and overseeing public transportation? The structure and many functions of the American government, for kids, is the main focus here, and the process of electing officials to represent and answer to the concerns of the public is also examined. Starting with a look at the executive, legal, and judicial branches of the American government, for kids, this issue also presents a concise and easy-to-understand definition of democracy, then examines the presidency and the 44 men who have served in this role since 1789.

Following this are clear and concise descriptions of how the judicial branch and the Supreme Court interpret the laws of the country, as well as notes on key points in the Constitution and what is required to change it. Fun facts about the flag and the “Star-Spangled Banner” are next, followed by an easy-to-understand chart showing what the different houses of Congress do, and one following the complex process by which a bill becomes a law. All the key details are here, including notes on how the Constitution shaped the American government; for kids interested in the history and workings of the system that keeps our country running, this issue provides an excellent grounding.

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