The Cabinet

Subject: Social Studies: Government  
Grade Level:  4th Grade & Up
Catalog #  SOCI22663
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Author: Sam Wellman
Binding:  Hardback  
Copyright Year:  2001  

The Cabinet takes a look at the individual offices and departments that act as an extension of the president during times of peace, prosperity, and war. Using their combined knowledge, members of the president's cabinet have always played pivotal roles in shaping the nation. Throughout the history of the country, cabinet members have both enhanced and hindered the progress of the nation.

From the four members of President Washington's first cabinet to the modern-day total of 14, the powers of the cabinet have changed over the years. It now includes the president's most trusted advisers on issues as far reaching as education, the environment, and the ever-evolving course of modern telecom-munications. The presidency of the United States holds tremendous power, yet much of that power is left to trusted cabinet members. It is a practice not likely to change, which makes understanding the cabinet's role critical to understanding the U.S. government.

From the start, Americans have regarded their government with a mixture of reliance and mistrust. The founders of the republic understood the importance of government. "If men were angels," observed the 51st Federalist Paper, "no government would be necessary." But men are not angels.

The delegates who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the Constitution had two purposes in mind: They wanted to establish a strong central authority and to limit that central authority's capacity to abuse its power.

The series YOUR GOVERNMENT: HOW IT WORKS provides an in-depth examination of our government and its processes and makes clear how our informed partici-pation is crucial to government's serving both the individual and the American people as a whole.

Other Books in the Your Government -- How it Works series
The Attorney General's Office
The Cabinet
The Central Intelligence Agency
The Drug Enforcement Administration
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
History of the Democrat Party
History of the Republican Party
History of Third Parties
The House of Representatives/a>
How a Bill is Passed
How to Become an Elected Official
The Impeachment Process
The Presidency
The Internal Revenue Service
The Secretary of State
The Senate
The Speaker of the House of Representatives
The Supreme Court
The U.S. Armed Forces
The U.S. Constitution
The Vice Presidency







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