Ch 15: American Federalism

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Let us show you how American federalism developed and how it functions today. Review information on the powers and responsibilities of federal, state and local governments.

American Federalism - Chapter Summary

Our video lessons can help you refresh your knowledge of American federalism, how it developed and its present state. You will look at how sovereignty works in the American political system and explore ways the states and the national government divide powers. Other lessons look at local government and its duties to citizens. By the time you've watched all these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Describe American federalism and how it has changed since the country's founding
  • Give the history of sovereignty in the American system
  • Examine the division of powers between state and federal governments
  • Explain ways in which the federal government has authority over state governments
  • Detail the powers and responsibilities of local and state governments

These short, engaging lessons are led by professional instructors. Every lesson is accompanied by a written transcript with key terms and important sections highlighted. Multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each lesson let you check your knowledge.

9 Lessons in Chapter 15: American Federalism
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What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

1. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

When the national government and the states share authority, this is known as federalism. Understand the definition and factors in federalism and its proponents, examine the US adoption of the Constitution, explore the Supremacy Clause in federalism, the evolution of federalism, and federalism today.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

2. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

American federalism, which is a division between the federal government and the state governments, evolved substantially from 1787-1937. Learn about federalism, dual federalism, and significant events that shaped the balance of power, such as the Civil War and the Great Depression.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

3. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

Federalism is the way the writers of the United States Constitution divided powers between the federal and individual state governments. This lesson explores how American federalism has evolved since the 1930s.

Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

4. Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

Sovereignty in the American political system means that the source of governmental power is derived from the will of the American people. Learn the definition of dual sovereignty and study the history of sovereignty in the American political system.

Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

5. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

Federalism is the way the writers of the United States Constitution divided powers between the federal and state governments. This lesson explores the history of this concept, examining a variety of court cases since the nation's founding.

Devolution: Definition & Examples

6. Devolution: Definition & Examples

Devolution occurs where an entity transfers power to another such as the federal government, relinquishing control to states. Explore examples of federalism, devolution, new federalism, the 'devolution revolution,' and subsequent programs.

Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

7. Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

When a federal government holds certain powers or controls over state governments and their actions, it is called federalism. Learn more about governments based on federalism like the United States, as well as examples of mandates and federal court rulings.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

8. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

In the United States, there are different governments for different levels: federal, state, and local. This lesson explores the powers of the state government as well as the responsibilities and challenges faced by that level of governing.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

9. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

Towns, cities, counties, and districts are run by local governments with different types of authority and leadership. Understand the definition of local governments, and examine the responsibilities and challenges of the county and municipal types of governments.

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