Learn how the United States government works.

All nations have a form of government, a political direction exercised over the actions of the members of communities, societies, and states. A government is necessary to the existence of any civilized society. The United States government consists of multiple branches, checks and balances, a constitution, and more, which determine what best serves its people. Students will learn how the United States government and its power developed throughout history.

Stuck on a topic? The following Crash Course videos provide sufficient information about the government's structure and history.

Bicameral Congress



Separation of Powers



Federalism



How a Bill Becomes a Law



Presidential Powers (Part 1)



Presidential Powers (Part 2)



Structure of Court System



The U.S. Supreme Court



Judicial Review