Keith Hughes
Facilitator of Learning Experiences

Keith Hughes teaches AP US Government and US History at McKinley High School in Buffalo, NY and is the face behind HipHughes History, part of PoliPop and the Maker Studios Network. He is also an adjunct professor of digital literacy at the Graduate School of Education at SUNY Buffalo. Hughes is best known for his expertise in producing educational videos, but his talents also extend to creating political concept cartoons, online quizzes, graphic organizers, music videos, and numerous other educational aids.

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Federalism & Elections in the US
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The United States may seem to have a messy political system, but it is based on the vision of the founding fathers and a commitment to Federalism. So what is Federalism? Learn all about this significant constitutional concept in this political science course with Keith Hughes! Discover the different forms of Federalism, how it changed over time, and what is too much (or too little) Federal power. Finally, discover how the US presidential election works, and learn why Obama beat Romney in 2012!
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History of the US Constitution
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The early history of the United States is rich in tumult and triumph. Get a glimpse into the birth of a vibrant country in this course! Follow along with history teacher Keith Hughes and begin by learning about the Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence. Then discover the early history of a free nation by learning about the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, and the drafting of the Constitution. Brush up on your US History today with this brief course!
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COURSE: Distribution of Power in US Government

Sometimes the US Government may seem slow to act, but the speed at which the government works is actually a product of its structure, designed to protect your constitutional rights and freedoms. To prevent the abuse of power, the three branches of government are structured so that there are checks and balances - and no single branch has all the power. Learn how Judicial review and the president’s power to pardon, among other checks, protect you.


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Confused about why there are electoral votes in US presidential elections? Learn about the Electoral College and the part it plays in choosing the president. In this lesson, HipHughes will explain how electoral votes work, how they are allocated, and why the media pays such close attention to the election map.


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How does a law with majority support not end up getting passed? In this lesson, Hip Hughes explains what the filibuster is: where it came from, and how it is used by a Senate minority group to prevent a law from being passed. The filibuster has changed a lot since the days when Mr. Smith went to Washington; with this information, you can decide whether or not that is for the best.


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Other Lessons by Keith Hughes

In this lecture on the Executive Branch of the United States government, Hip Hughes outlines the main components of Article II of the Constitution: the powers of the President (the power to veto, sign treaties, issue pardons, and more), and the relationship between the President and the Senate (which allows for checks and balances on executive powers).


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