Full and Essentials Editions

Welcome to the Companion Website

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for: Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics, Ninth Edition by Christine Barbour and Gerald C. Wright.

*** Please note: The resources on this site align with both the Full edition (18 chapters) and Essentials edition (15 chapters) of Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics. 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 Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics, Ninth Edition by Christine Barbour and Gerald C. Wright 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.

Keeping the Republic draws students into the study of American politics, showing them how to think critically about “who gets what, and how” while exploring the twin themes of power and citizenship. Students are pushed to consider how and why institutions and rules determine who wins and who loses in American politics, and to be savvy consumers of political information.

The thoroughly updated Ninth Edition considers how a major component of power is who controls the information, how it is assembled into narratives, and whether we come to recognize fact from fiction. Citizens now have unprecedented access to power – the ability to create and share their own narratives – while simultaneously being even more vulnerable to those trying to shape their views. The political landscape of today gives us new ways to keep the republic, and some high-tech ways to lose it.

Throughout the text and its features, authors Christine Barbour and Gerald Wright show students how to effectively apply the critical thinking skills they develop to the political information they encounter every day. Students are challenged to deconstruct prevailing narratives and effectively harness the political power of the information age for themselves.

Up-to-date with 2018 election results and analysis, as well as the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings, shifting demographics, and emerging and continuing social movements, Keeping the Republic, Ninth Edition is a much-needed resource to help students make sense of politics in America today.


We gratefully acknowledge Christine Barbour and Gerald C. Wright for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Graphic World Inc., Alicia Fisher of CSU Fullerton, and Sally Hansen of Daytona State University for developing the resources on this site.