Full and Essentials Editions

Welcome to the Companion Website!

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for American Government: Stories of a Nation, Second Edition.

*** Please note: The resources on this site align with both the Full edition (18 chapters) and Essentials edition (15 chapters) of American Government: Stories of a Nation. Chapters 1 through 15 align with both the Full and Essentials versions of the text; while chapters 16 through 18 align with only the Full version. If you are using the Essentials book, you may disregard chapters 16 through 18. ***

The SAGE edge site for American Government by Scott F. Abernathy offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.


In the Second Edition of American Government, author Scott F. Abernathy tunes in to the voices of all Americans, showing how our diverse ideas shape the way we participate and behave, the laws we live by, and the challenges we face. From the Constitutional Convention to Ferguson, Missouri, each chapter features rich, personal narratives that illustrate how the American political system is the product of strategies, calculations, and miscalculations of countless individuals. It focuses on real people, the actions they take, the struggles they face, and how their choices influence outcomes. The key concepts are memorable because they are tied to real politics, where students see political action and political choices shaping how institutions advance or impede the fulfillment of fundamental ideas. Participation is at the heart of this groundbreaking new text, with ample background on how and why to participate. Not only will all students see themselves reflected in the pages, but they will come to understand that they, too, are strategic players in American politics, with voices that matter.


We gratefully acknowledge Scott F. Abernathy for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Alicia Fernandez, Andrew Levin, and Tess Marchant-Shapiro for developing the ancillaries on this site.