American Democracy Now

Grade Levels: 9-12

Engaging, Modern, and Fresh

At the heart of American Democracy Now NEW AP Edition is a rich set of pedagogical tools that move students along the path to critical thinking and success on the AP US Government & Politics exam. The Constitution is explained in everyday language to aid true student understanding. Visually appealing and highly interesting, American Democracy Now is a student favorite.

About the Program

The new AP edition engages students and teachers through:

  • AP chapter openers and chapter summaries, including multiple choice and free response questions
  • AP vocabulary and documents highlighted to help students focus on the most important concepts.
  • AP Analyzing the Sources, which guides students in thinking through primary resources
  • AP Teacher Manual, which provides classroom activities, a pacing guide, AP Exam practice and more.
  • AP Question Banks, which provides practice with AP-style multiple choice and free response questions
  • Connect®, an integrated learning system that contains an AP SmartBook adaptive eBook


Program Components

  • Harrison, American Democracy Now, 2017, 5e (AP Edition) Digital Student Subscription, 1-year subscription
    Harrison, American Democracy Now, 2017, 5e (AP Edition) Digital Student Subscription, 1-year subscription
  • Harrison, American Democracy Now, 2017, 5e (AP Edition) Digital Teacher Subscription, 1-year subscription
    Harrison, American Democracy Now, 2017, 5e (AP Edition) Digital Teacher Subscription, 1-year subscription
  • Harrison, American Democracy Now, 2017, 5e (AP Edition) Print and Digital bundle, 1-year subscription
    Harrison, American Democracy Now, 2017, 5e (AP Edition) Print and Digital bundle, 1-year subscription
  • Harrison, American Democracy Now, 2017, 5e (AP Edition) Student Edition
    Harrison, American Democracy Now, 2017, 5e (AP Edition) Student Edition
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Additional Details & Resources

  • CHAPTER 1 People, Politics, and Participation
  • CHAPTER 2 The Constitution
  • CHAPTER 3 Federalism
  • CHAPTER 4 Civil Liberties
  • CHAPTER 5 Civil Rights
  • CHAPTER 6 Political Socialization and Public Opinion
  • CHAPTER 7 Interest Groups
  • CHAPTER 8 Political Parties
  • CHAPTER 9 Elections, Campaigns, and Voting
  • CHAPTER 10 The Media
  • CHAPTER 11 Politics and Technology
  • CHAPTER 12 Congress
  • CHAPTER 13 The Presidency
  • CHAPTER 14 The Bureaucracy
  • CHAPTER 15 The Judiciary
  • CHAPTER 16 Economic Policy
  • CHAPTER 17 Domestic Policy
  • CHAPTER 18 Foreign Policy and National Security

BRIGID CALLAHAN HARRISON specializes in the civic engagement and political participation of Americans, especially the Millennial generation, the U.S. Congress, and the Presidency. Brigid has taught American government for 22 years at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She takes particular pride in creating a learning experience in the classroom that shapes students’ lifelong understanding of American politics, sharpens their critical thinking about American government, and encourages their participation in civic life. She enjoys supervising student internships in political campaigns and government and is a frequent commentator in print and electronic media on national and New Jersey politics. She currently serves as president of the New Jersey Political Science Association, and is past president of the National Women’s Caucus for Political Science. She received her B.A. from Stockton University, her M.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and her Ph.D. from Temple University. Harrison lives in Longport, New Jersey, with her husband, Paul Meilak, a retired New York City police detective. She has three children: Caroline (22), Alexandra (16), and John (13). Born and raised in New Jersey, Harrison is a fan of Bruce Springsteen and in her spare time, she enjoys reading on the beach, traveling, cycling, and binge-watching political thrillers on Netflix. Like her on Facebook at Brigid Callahan Harrison, and follow her on Twitter @BriCalHar.


JEAN WAHL HARRIS’S research interests include political socialization and engagement, federalism, and the gendered nature and effects of U.S. politics. She teaches introductory courses in local, state, and national government and upper-level courses in public administration, public policy, and judicial politics. As a faculty member in the Political Science Department and the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Scranton, Jean seeks to cultivate students’ sense of political efficacy, empowering and inspiring them to engage in local, state, national, and/ or international politics. She earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. In 1994, the University of Scranton named her its CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) professor of the year. She was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow during the 2007–2008 academic year. Jean lives in Nicholson, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Michael. She enjoys reading on her deck overlooking the Endless Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania.


MICHELLE D. DEARDORFF’S teaching and research focus on the constitutional and statutory protections surrounding gender, race, and religion. She particularly enjoys developing classes that allow students to apply their understandings of law, politics, and political theory to current events; she seeks to foster critical citizens prepared to participate in governing our communities and nation. Deardorff is currently head of Political Science and Public Service at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Before coming to UTC, she spent 10 years teaching at Jackson State, a historically black university in Mississippi, and another decade at Millikin University, a small private college in Illinois. She recently served on the Council of the American Political Science Association and is a founding faculty member of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, a coalition of academics who promote civic engage-ment and popular sovereignty through the study of the struggle for civil rights in the United States. She lives in Chattanooga with her husband, David, where they enjoy kayaking, hiking, live music, and reading in beautiful places.