isn’t just laws. It’s people, too. Understand the United
States government and how it works.
a Bill Becomes a Law
Follow a bill, from its introduction to Congress to its
signing by the President. Find out about all the steps in
between, including the presidential veto and the
Congressional override. This article is good for people of
What is this strange term? Where did it come from? How often is it used? Does a filibuster happen every other week? You might think you know the answer to these questions. Click here to find out more.
The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. It has
nine members and decides whether laws are unconstitutional.
It handles appeals from federal courts or from state supreme
courts. Whatever the Supreme Court says is the law of the
The president is the head of the Executive Branch. Learn
more about the office and its history.
The Legislative Branch has two houses: the House of
Representatives and the Senate. Find out more about both of
The Presidential Veto
The President of the United States has extraordinary power over the shaping of federal laws: He or she can veto any law passed by Congress.
See the framework for the original representative
government. See why it just didn’t work.
Rebellion: Test for
Why was this 1787 uprising so important? See how the federal
government responded to the American people’s attempts to
get paid for their Revoltionary War service.
Find out more about the background, the details, the
happenings, and the aftermath of the Constitutional
Convention and the signing of the Convention. Includes links
to the Federalist Papers and more.
Bill of Rights
The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution were more than an afterthought. The brainchild of James Madison, they were vitally important to every American.
the American Government Was
Easy-to-read article puts the new American Constitution in
context of other countries’ governments at the time and
draws parallels between the Constitution and ancient Greece
Guide to U.S. Government for
Join your virtual host, Ben Franklin, as he takes you on a
tour of the U.S. Government and shows you how it works. This
is one of the most fun, informational sites ever on the
Lawyers, Attorneys, and more: A Kid’s Guide to the U.S. Government
Lots of kid-friendly info at this! Find out more about the way government works, the way the electoral process works, and much more. Check out their hand list of links as well.
Lots of information here about government, history, and much more. Many primary sources!
How Congress Works
Easy-to-follow descriptions of the Legislative Branch at work
How the Judiciary Works
Easy-to-follow descriptions of the Judicial Branch at work