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Tuesday, August 30
Daily civics quiz


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John Locke claimed that which branch of government is the most powerful?

a. The executive
b. The legislature
c. The cabinet
d. The courts

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2628, How the Framers limited the power of Congress
The Framers of the Constitution mistrusted concentrations of power in government, so they sought to limit the power of Congress.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2627, Federalism in the United States
Congress is not only legislature in the United States.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2626, Lengths of terms of parliamentarians and members of Congress
Elections to the UK Parliament can occur at irregular intervals, but members of Congress are elected at regular intervals.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2625, Congress is one of three coequal branches
Congress is one of three coequal branches of the U.S. government.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2624, Parliamentary government prohibited
The Constitution forbids establishment of a parliamentary system for the United States.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2623, Congress vs. Parliament
Today we compare Congress with Parliament.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2622, The House of Commons
Today we learn about the House of Commons.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2621, The House of Lords
Today we learn about the House of Lords.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2620, Twenty-sixth Amendment
The Twenty-sixth Amendment lowered the voting age to 18.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2619, Removing obstacles to Native American voting
Native Americans were often deprived of their right to vote until Congress took action.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2618, Native American voters
In several states, Native Americans are viewed as an increasingly important voting bloc.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2617, Native American citizenship
Throughout most of the first two hundred years of the United States, Native Americans were denied American citizenship.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2616, Native American and citizenship
The Framers considered Native Americans to be members of their tribes, not citizens of the United States.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2615, The Nineteenth Amendment
The Nineteenth Amendment was finally adopted in 1920.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2614, The slow march to woman suffrage
Women in the United States gained the right to vote in small increments. Plenty of excuses were offered for not recognizing women's right to vote.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2613, Suffrage for women in the states
Even though the federal government was slow to recognize the right of women to vote, states like Wyoming took matters into their own hands.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2612, The long road to equal voting rights for women
The road to winning the right to vote for women was long, and suffragists faced many setbacks.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2611, Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments
Today we learn about the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2610, Literacy tests
Literacy tests were designed to disenfranchise African American voters. They did not disappear entirely until 1970.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2609, Poll taxes
Poll taxes were meant to keep the poor and minorities from voting. The Twenty-Fourth Amendment ended poll taxes in 1964.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2608, Civil Rights Act of 1868
Until discriminatory laws and Supreme Court rulings took effect, millions of African Americans were added to the voting rolls, and some were elected to public office.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2607, Fifteenth Amendment
In theory, the Fifteenth Amendment granted the right to vote to African American men. But discriminatory laws kept African Americans from exercising that right.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2606, Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago
Mexican American men faced discrimination and violence in Texas when they tried to exercise their right to vote.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2605, Dorr Rebellion
What was the Dorr Rebellion? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2604, Voting reform
Voting reform took place slowly after 1790.