Center on Congress at Indiana University

The Center on Congress at Indiana University is a nonpartisan educational institution founded by Lee H. Hamilton in 1999 after serving 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Hamilton is one of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress and representative democracy. The Center's mission is to help all Americans better understand the role of Congress in our representative democracy, to encourage civic participation, and to teach the skills of active and informed citizenship.

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Facts of Congress: Amendments

Facts of Congress is a series of twenty fast-paced, one-minute animated videos that cover the basic concepts and terms of representative government. The series addresses questions such as: What is Congress? How does Congress work? What does Congress do for me? How can I participate?

Facts of Congress: Compromise

Facts of Congress is a series of twenty fast-paced, one-minute animated videos that cover the basic concepts and terms of representative government. The series addresses questions such as: What is Congress? How does Congress work? What does Congress do for me? How can I participate?

Understanding Congress: A Citizen’s Guide

Understanding Congress: A Citizen’s Guide is a concise introduction to Congress that explains the concept of representative democracy, how Congress functions, its impact on people’s lives, and the importance of citizen participation.

The Impact of Congress

The Impact of Congress looks at the work of the First Congress, 1789-91, and its impact on the country over the years. In this module you will learn about eleven of the First Congress’s most important accomplishments through primary source images and documents – accomplishments that still have a major impact on our country today. Then you will pick a later session of Congress and explore and analyze its accomplishments.

Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Freedom Summer is a game-based learning module in which players explore the relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and the contentious civil rights debate in Congress. Players are presented with a series of 20 historic events and are required to predict the consequences of each event. Players discover how events of the Civil Rights Movement and concurrent events in Congress impacted each other and the role that both Congress and individuals play in representative democracy.

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