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


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