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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.
1. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption
The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.
2. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937
Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.
3. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present
Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.
4. Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History
The United States is a sovereign nation with two levels of sovereignty. This lesson takes a look at the history of U.S. sovereignty, including the principles of dual sovereignty and nullification.
5. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States
The U.S. Constitution uses federalism to divide governmental powers between the federal government and the individual state governments. This lesson explores this division of powers by looking at Supreme Court decisions.
6. Devolution: Definition & Examples
Devolution is the transfer of certain powers from the federal government to the states. This lesson explains devolution and examines several programs that are a part of the 'devolution revolution.'
7. Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings
Though we have federalism, the federal government still controls certain aspects of state government. This lesson takes a look at the ways the federal government controls state government, such as federal court decisions and mandates.
8. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges
The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.
9. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges
Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.
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- Major Political Thinkers
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- The U.S Legislative Branch
- The U.S. Executive Branch
- The U.S. Judicial Branch
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- Rights & Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship
- Interest Groups & Lobbying
- Crime & Criminal Justice in the U.S.
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- Various Government Structures
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- International Relations
- Actors in International Relations
- International Law & Politics
- Global Issues in International Relations
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