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Showing Grade 12e, Unit 3a, Government and Economic Policy
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Government in a Market Economy

http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/market/mktec8.htm

Rating: 2, High!

Description: If markets and market systems are so efficient, why let the government tamper with their workings at all? Why not adopt a strict policy of what is called laissez-faire and allow private markets to operate without any government interference whatsoever? In most cases, however, the role of government is not to take the place of the marketplace, but to improve the functioning of the market economy. Further, any decision to regulate or intervene in the play of market forces must carefully balance the costs of such regulation against the benefits that such intervention will bring. Pollution conrol is the linked case study. Standard 12.3.1

Comments: This page was developed by the U.S. Department of State to explain the American government and economic systems to other nations.

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 1402

Interstate Commerce Act (1887)

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=49

Rating: 2, High!

Description: In 1887 Congress passed the Interstate Commerce Act, making the railroads the first industry subject to Federal regulation. Congress passed the law largely in response to public demand that railroad operations be regulated. The act also established a five-member enforcement board known as the Interstate Commerce Commission. In the years following the Civil War, railroads were privately owned and entirely unregulated. Although there was competition among railroads for long-haul routes, there was none for short-haul runs. Railroads discriminated in the prices they charged to passengers and shippers in different localities by providing rebates to large shippers or buyers. These practices were especially harmful to American farmers, who lacked the shipment volume necessary to obtain more favorable rates. Standards 11.2.9 and 12.3.1 econmics

Comments: This Our Documents site has a facsimile of the original document, a transcription of it, and background information to help the reader put the document in context.

Resource Type: Primary Source Text.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 1752

Interstate Commerce Commission

http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0825369.html

Rating: 2, High!

Description: The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), the first regulatory commission in U.S. history, was established as a result of mounting public indignation in the 1880s against railroad malpractices and abuses. It was charged with regulating the economics and services of specified carriers engaged in transportation between states. Surface transportation under the ICC's jurisdiction included railroads, trucking companies, bus lines, freight forwarders, water carriers, oil pipelines, transportation brokers, and express agencies. Standards 11.2.8, 11.2.9, and 12.3.1 economics

Comments: This is an enclyclopedia type entry from Infoplease.

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 1753

National Interstate and Defense Highways Act (1956)

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=88

Rating: 2, High!

Description: Popularly known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956, the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 established an interstate highway system in the United States. This act authorized the building of highways throughout the nation, which would be the biggest public works project in the nation's history. Standard 11.8.7, 12.7.5 civics, and 12.3.1 economics

Comments: This Our Documents site has a facsimile of the original document, a transcription of it, and background information to help the reader put the document in context.

Resource Type: Primary Source Text.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2258

Pacific Railway Act 1862

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=32

Rating: 2, High!

Description: This act, passed on July 1, 1862, provided Federal subsidies in land and loans for the construction of a transcontinental railroad across the United States. The legislation authorized two railroad companies, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, to construct the lines. Congress eventually authorized four transcontinental railroads and granted 174 million acres of public lands for rights-of-way. Standard 8.12.1 and 12.3.1

Comments: This Our Documents site has a facsimile of the original document, a transcription of it, and background information to help the reader put the document in context.

Resource Type: Primary Source Text.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2397

Remembering the GI Bill

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/july-dec00/gibill_7-4.html

Rating: 2, High!

Description: The education and housing benefits World War II veterans received from the GI Bill transformed society. After a background report, Jim Lehrer of the PBS Online News hour leads a discussion about the bill's legacy with a panel of historians. Standard 11.8.4 and 12.3.1 economics

Comments: This site will lead to thoughtful discussion.

Resource Type: Other.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2625

Sherman Anti-Trust Act (1890)

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=51

Rating: 2, High!

Description: The Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 was the first measure passed by the U.S. Congress to prohibit trusts and regulate monopolistic business practies. Several states had passed similar laws, but they were limited to intrastate businesses. The Sherman Antitrust Act was based on the constitutional power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce. The Sherman Act authorized the Federal Government to institute proceedings against trusts in order to dissolve them. Any combination "in the form of trust or otherwise that was in restraint of trade or commerce among the several states, or with foreign nations" was declared illegal. Standards 11.2.9 and 12.3.1 economics

Comments: This Our Documents site has a facsimile of the original document, a transcription of it, and background information to help the reader put the document in context.

Resource Type: Primary Source Text.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2761

Social Statistics Briefing Room

http://www.whitehouse.gov/fsbr/ssbr.html

Rating: 2, High!

Description: The purpose of Social Statistics Briefing Room is to provide easy access to current Federal social statistics. It provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. All of the information included is maintained and updated by the statistical units of those agencies. All the estimates for the indicators presented in the Federal Statistics Briefing Rooms are the most currently available values. Standards 11.11.7, and 12.5.1 economics

Comments: This site is a must when discussing the development of government policy.

Resource Type: Other.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 2795

The Better Business Bureau

http://www.bbb.org/

Rating: 2, High!

Description: The BBB's homepage gives information on the bureau's activities and links to other sites for the consumer. This self-policing agency is an important part of the free market system as developed in the United States. Standard 12.3.1 economics

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2968

The Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Public Debt

http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/

Rating: 2, High!

Description: Here is Treasury Department general information and data on notes, security, current rates and policies. The site also has press releases on current changes and proposals. Standards 12.3.3 and 12.5.3 economics

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 2994

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