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Economics through History

This lesson presents economics through history. Economic Drivers of Exploration and Colonization During the Age of Exploration, also known as the Age of Discovery, overseas exploration was a big part of European culture. The period began in the early fifteenth century and lasted through the end of the seventeenth century. Although the primary motives of …

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Macroeconomics

This lesson introduces the fundamentals of macroeconomics. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Every economy, regardless of economic system, has three major goals: Promote economic growth (produce more) Limit unemployment Keep prices stable (limit inflation) Gross domestic product (GDP) is a measurement used to determine the size of the economy at a given point in time and …

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Civil War Times

This lesson will focus on the lead-up to the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the settling of the far West. Abolition and Women’s Rights Criticism of slavery did not begin in the nineteenth century. Quakers, a Christian sect, refused to own enslaved people or engage in the slave trade because they believed it was inhumane and …

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Microeconomics

This lesson discusses fundamentals of microeconomics. Circular Flow Model The circular flow model displays how firms, households, and governments interact with one another in a capitalist society. The model illustrates the flow of goods and services through the economy. Money makes the circular flow function. Money is the medium of exchange in a market economy. …

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Political Parties, Campaigns and Elections in American Politics

Political Parties and Interest Groups Political parties are groups of people with aligned beliefs who seek power in the government. The function of a political party is to organize people who have similar ideologies to elect like-minded candidates to influence the government’s choices. Political parties stand behind candidates who are running for office. Political parties …

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Types of Governments

Countries around the world have different types of government. Some countries change their type of government over time. All types of governments determine who holds power and usually have one of three approaches: one person, a few people, or many people hold the power. The American Constitutional Democracy A government chosen by the people is …

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