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Printed Text + MindTap, 1 term Printed Access Card, 10th Edition

  • includes MindTap, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
  • Edward I. Sidlow
  • Beth Henschen
  • ISBN-10: 1337405280
  • ISBN-13: 9781337405287
  • 464 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2018, 2017, 2016
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

Your students save money by purchasing this bundle which includes GOVT, 10th Edition, with access to MindTap for 1 term. MindTap is the digital learning solution that powers students from memorization to mastery. It gives you complete control of your course—to provide engaging content, to challenge every individual, and to build their confidence.


  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes complete with an engaging print textbook, tear-out review cards and an interactive digital solution that offers study tools and the full text narrative--all delivered and influenced by a deep understanding of student’s workflow and learning styles. Available as print with online, print only or online only.

  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format that increases the number of students who read the chapter without minimizing coverage for your course.

  • Revised "America at Odds," "Join the Debate" and "Perception vs. Reality" features provide timely new examples of relevant topics for student understanding of government today. GOVT Online complements the print text with primary sources documents, videos, internet resources and a suite of supplemental teaching resources.

  • Tear-Out Review Cards at the back of the print Student Editions provide students a portable study tool containing all the pertinent information for class and test preparation.


"I like the online quizzes. They are very helpful. So are the chapter review cards. I use them before each exam."
— Elizabeth Marcotte, University of Massachusetts

About the Author

Edward I. Sidlow

Edward Sidlow is professor of political science at Eastern Michigan University and EMU's faculty representative to the NCAA. Sidlow received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1979. He teaches broadly in the area of American politics and has published two books on Congress in addition to numerous articles in professional journals. Prior to his work at EMU, Sidlow served on the faculties of Arizona State University, Miami (OH) University, and Northwestern University, and was an academic administrator at Loyola University Chicago. He has won awards for outstanding teaching at Miami, Northwestern, and EMU, and is often called upon by print and electronic media for political analysis.

Beth Henschen

Beth Henschen received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and was a faculty member in the departments of political science at Purdue University and Loyola University Chicago before joining the faculty at Eastern Michigan University. She teaches courses in American government, judicial politics, and civil rights and liberties, and has been the recipient of several awards for teaching excellence. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Politics Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Judicature, Policy Studies Review, and Political Research Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Skill Prep: A Study Skills Module.
Take Action: A Guide to Political Participation.
1. America in the 21st Century.
2. The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
6. Interest Groups.
7. Political Parties.
8. Public Opinion and Voting.
9. Campaigns and Elections.
10. Politics and the Media.
11. The Congress.
12. The Presidency.
13. The Bureaucracy.
14. The Judiciary.
15. Domestic Policy.
16. Foreign Policy.
Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence.
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States.
Appendix C: Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51.
Appendix D: Information on U.S. Presidents. (ONLINE)
Appendix E: Party Control of Congress since 1900. (ONLINE)

New to this edition

  • Because GOVT is updated every year, it is current with the latest political and governmental developments. Carefully chosen feature boxes and cases allow you to introduce topics in class that can inspire interest among your students. For example, you can use such topics as police relations, political correctness, and Republican health care efforts to link American politics directly to the lives of your students.
  • Five chapters contain a new "America at Odds" chapter-opening feature. Seven other chapters have updated America at Odds features to reflect more current information.
  • Six chapters feature new “Join the Debate” features with topics such as "Should 'Sanctuary Cities' Be Allowed?" and "Are Supreme Court Confirmations Too Political?" Six other chapters contain new "Perception versus Reality" feature boxes with such topics as "The U.S. Can Bring Back Factory Jobs."


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Resource Center  (ISBN-10: 1337405353 | ISBN-13: 9781337405355)

Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via Access and download PowerPoint® Presentation Slides, images, the instructor’s manual, test bank files in formats ready for your LMS and more.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1337405388 | ISBN-13: 9781337405386)

Cengage Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit and manipulate content from the text's Test Bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom or wherever you want. Every question has undergone a series of accuracy checks, anti-piracy reviews and a multipoint inspection to remove weak question options--e.g., all answers are correct--sharpen ambiguous questions and ensure balanced coverage of major course concepts, difficulty levels and Bloom’s Taxonomy. The Test Bank questions form the basis for the assessments in the GOVT Online product and are different from the Practice Quizzes available for students.

Instructor's Edition  (ISBN-10: 1337405337 | ISBN-13: 9781337405331)

Version for Instructor Review. This version of the textbook includes the same chapter content as the Student Version but replaces the Chapter Review cards with Prep Cards. Perfect for the experienced instructor looking to try something new or the first-timer coming to the course fresh, Prep Cards offer additional examples, in-class activities, information on the supplements and more to help you plan your course and enhance your lecture.