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American Political Studies Resources for Highschool Student

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I am a Canadian homeschooling my children, but we can’t help hearing about American politics. So, my husband and I are insisting that our children learn to understand the American political system as well as the Canadian system. Here is what we are using:

The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution is Paralyzing Democracy by Daniel Lazare. My husband recommended this one for understanding the limits of the American system.

Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville. De Tocqueville was a Frenchman writing about America in 1831. He was incredibly optimistic about the United States and its potential.

The West Wing, a tv series by Aaron Sorkin. This television show is a little dated now, but still a treasure for discussing the different dilemmas a president and his staff would face. There are errors in it, particularly with regards to how filibusters work.

Do you have recommendations? How are you teaching the American political system to your kids?

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