The process-most notably in families and schools-by which we develop our political attitudes, values, and beliefs.
Divisions within society that reinforce one another, making groups more homogeneous or similar.
Divisions within society that cut across demographic categories to produce groups that are more heterogeneous or different.
A notion held by nineteenth-century Americans that the United States was destined to rule the continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Conservative Christians who as a group have become more active in politics in the last two decades and were especially influential in the 2000 presidential election.
gross domestic product (GDP)
The total output of all economic activity in the nation, including goods and services.