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ANALYSIS
SKILL
Reading Focus
In what ways is the United States a nation of laws?
A Nation of Laws
Identify
What are the two basic categories of laws criminal law and
civil law
Explain
How do laws both guarantee and limit freedom They do not give
people the freedom to act in ways that
would hurt other people’s freedom.
Elaborate
How does the American political system help citizens influence what will become a law Possible
answer: Americans elect lawmakers
whom they believe will pass laws they
support. Citizens can choose different
lawmakers if they do not like the laws
passed by their representatives.
Answers
Analyzing Primary Sources Possible
answer: so everyone would know the
laws and would not be able to dispute
them.
Reading Check
Possible answer
They protect people’s ability to express
themselves safely through property,
speech, and religion.

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