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Chapter 1
Trust in Government
Political Studies
Undergraduate 2

Additional Political Studies Flashcards





Name two forms of democracy and describe each.


Which of the two is the United States?


Name to two pros of democracy.


Name the three cons of democracy.


How do Americans tend to see other countries' government systems?


What are the three most important things needed for democracy to work?


Who are the highest financial contributors to presidential campaigns?

  • Direct=seen in small towns; everyone votes for everything
  • Representative=elect people to represent and vote for them


Representative democracy


  • You are not required to vote.
  • Everyone is represented.


  • Slow process.
  • Age restrictions on voting.
  • Work in progress; constantly changing.


They try to "export" democracy to other countries.


  • An accepting culture.
  • A strong middle class.
  • A historical background of democracy to ensure understanding.


Defense Contractors


What gives you the right to vote in America?


Americans are (more/less/about the same) politically aware than other countries.


Most citizens only vote for the (local/Presidential/Congressional) campaign.


Most vote _______ party ticket which can cause ___________. (Define the latter term.)








straight, coat-tailing; voting for a popular candidate by staight party ticket rather than as an individual and not so popular people automatically come in "hanging on to his/her coat-tail"

What is another name for a Representative Democracy?

Name the 4 main types of government.


______ is ran by a small group of people; ex. ______.


______ is (usually) ran by a single individual, usually no democracy; ex. ______ or ________.


________ is a loose group of groups or states that get together; they are powerless because _________.

  • democracy
  • oligarchy
  • autocracy
  • confederacy

oligarchy, Japan


autocracy, dictatorship, monarchy with strong king/queen


confederacy, no force is involved


What is a Constitution essentially a list of?


The only reason to have a Constitution is to __________.


Why was the United States Constitution originally created?


What was added to the US Constitution to protect citizens' rights?




What a government can and can't do.


limit the government's powers


to protect property and economy


The Bill of Rights


America is controversly known as a nation of _______.


What were the two main reasons people came to America?


Name the 9 main groups that came to America in chronological order. Give their derogatory name if applicable, what brought them to America, and what made them unliked.


Other than nicknames, what became assigned to races to degrade them even more? Give 4 examples.




  • economic refuge
  • religious freedom


  • English (in search of religious freedom)
  • Irish ("mics"; Catholics, drunkards, took low paying jobs)
  • Italians ("wop" means without papers; Catholics, no English, took low paying jobs)
  • Germans (Catholic and Protestant, but not Anglican like the English)
  • Polish ("polack"; unintelligent)
  • Russians
  • Chinese ("chinks"; came over to build our railroads for us; we felt threatened because there were so many)
  • Japenese ("japs"; came to do jobs in landscape; fell in same category with Chinese)
  • Mexicans ("wet backs"; economic crisis in Mexico and Central America; agricultural laborers "took our jobs")


colors (red, yellow, black, white)


Describe the Chinese Exclusion Act.


______ smuggle immigrants into the US.


Eventually, people were only allowed to immigrate from ________ (2).


Because Americans felt threatened by the massive population of Asians in the US, they banned Chinese and Japenese from being educated.




Northern and Western Europe

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