American Government
American Government

American Government

Lead Author(s): David Haus

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American Government reflects the importance of the multiple levels of government in the United States and the rudiments of politics and the policy process.

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Key features in this textbook

American Government outlines the importance of the multiple levels of government and outlines policy process to give students a complete understanding.
Built-in assessment questions embedded throughout chapters so students can read a little, do a little, and test themselves to see what they know!
Complete test bank for each chapter with autograded questions.

Comparison of American Government Textbooks

Consider adding Top Hat’s American Government textbook to your upcoming course. We’ve put together a textbook comparison to make it easy for you in your upcoming evaluation.

Top Hat

David Haus et al, “American Government”, Only One Edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Thomas Patterson, “We The People”, 12th Edition

Pearson

David Magleby, Paul Light, and Christine Nemacheck, “Government By the People”, 26th Edition

Sage

Scott Abernathy, “American Government: Stories of a Nation”, 2nd Edition

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

$106.20

E-book

$65.99

E-book

$84.78

E-book

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Content meets standard for American Government. Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

In-Book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Built-in interactive assessment questions

Assessment questions with feedback embedded throughout textbook

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Top Hat

David Haus et al, “American Government”, Only One Edition needed

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

McGraw-Hill

Thomas Patterson, “We The People”, 12th Edition

$106.20

E-book

Pearson

David Magleby, Paul Light, and Christine Nemacheck, “Government By the People”, 26th Edition

$65.99

E-book

Sage

Scott Abernathy, “American Government: Stories of a Nation”, 2nd Edition

$84.78

E-book

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

Top Hat

David Haus et al, “American Government”, Only One Edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Thomas Patterson, “We The People”, 12th Edition

Pearson

David Magleby, Paul Light, and Christine Nemacheck, “Government By the People”, 26th Edition

Sage

Scott Abernathy, “American Government: Stories of a Nation”, 2nd Edition

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Top Hat

David Haus et al, “American Government”, Only One Edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Thomas Patterson, “We The People”, 12th Edition

Pearson

David Magleby, Paul Light, and Christine Nemacheck, “Government By the People”, 26th Edition

Sage

Scott Abernathy, “American Government: Stories of a Nation”, 2nd Edition

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Top Hat

David Haus et al, “American Government”, Only One Edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Thomas Patterson, “We The People”, 12th Edition

Pearson

David Magleby, Paul Light, and Christine Nemacheck, “Government By the People”, 26th Edition

Sage

Scott Abernathy, “American Government: Stories of a Nation”, 2nd Edition

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Top Hat

David Haus et al, “American Government”, Only One Edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Thomas Patterson, “We The People”, 12th Edition

Pearson

David Magleby, Paul Light, and Christine Nemacheck, “Government By the People”, 26th Edition

Sage

Scott Abernathy, “American Government: Stories of a Nation”, 2nd Edition

About this textbook

Lead Authors

David Haus, Ph.DHusson University

David Haus is Associate Professor in the College of Science and Humanities at Husson University where he is also Director of Online and Extended Learning. In addition to teaching, he serves as a Social Science education program Curriculum Reviewer for the West Virginia Department of Education.

Contributing Authors

Joe HaskinsHusson University

Joe FaykoshCentral Arizona College

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Welcome to American Government!

Hi there! Welcome to your new interactive American Government textbook! We hope you have a great experience with this course and this textbook. To start, we would like to introduce you to some of the features so that you are comfortable using it this semester.

Interactive Questions

Among the things you will frequently encounter in this textbook are embedded questions. Depending on your professor, these may be graded for participation or correctness. Let's take at some examples:

1) Multiple Choice: Simply click on the correct answer and then click "Submit". If there is more than one correct answer, it will be specified in the question.

Multiple Choice Example

Which of the following is NOT a fruit?

A

Apple

B

Orange

C

Cucumber

D

Pear


​2) Word Answer and Fill in the Blank: Just type your answer into the text box and click "Submit".

Word Answer Example

This is a textbook written about American _________.


​3) Matching Question: Click on an item in the left-hand column, and then click on its match in the right-hand column to align them.  The remaining options in the right-hand column will reshuffle. 

Matching Example

Match each fruit to its correct color:

Premise
Response
1

Red

A

Apple

2

Yellow

B

Lime

3

Green

C

Banana


​4) Sorting Question: Drag the options into the proper order.

Sorting Question Example

Sort these numbers from lowest to highest

A

2

B

1

C

4

D

3


​5) Discussion Question: These are long-form, typed responses that are submitted and read by your professor.

Discussion Question Example

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of eating vegetables.


Call Out Sections

There are two types of call out section to look out for within each chapter, which will support your learning in different ways. They are each highlighted by a different banner, detailed below.

​Throughout the textbook, you will see this Stop and Think banner. These sections will contain videos or links to other outside content, and may also have a few questions to help test your understanding. 


In-Chapter Feedback

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