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America's constitutional government has changed over time as a result of amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court decisions, legislation, and other practices. Students will use the seven basic principles found in our government to understand these changes. They will also analyze examples of each type of change to determine their impacts on our constitutional government. Examples include the War Powers Act of 1973, legislative oversight, the 24th Amendment, Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections, and more! This lesson also includes a template for analyzing additional examples of change.

iCivics en español! Student and class materials for this lesson are available in Spanish.

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