Ch 55: CLEP Social Sciences and History: Federalism in the United States

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These short, engaging videos teach you what you need to know about federalism in the United States. Use these lessons to explore division of powers, the roles of federal, state and local governments and more!

Federalism in the United States - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Federalism is the framework by which power is is divided between and shared by the national and state governments. These videos outline the history of tensions between the state and federal governments, examine court cases that established and revised the rules for power sharing, and explain the system in place today. You'll learn about the functions of state and local governments and study the challenges they face. These videos:

  • Examine the Articles of Confederation and how they were replaced by the Constitution
  • Scrutinize the role of federalism in the American Civil War
  • Compare the models of dual federalism, cooperative federalism, and new federalism
  • Explain devolution, or the process by which power and authority is returned to the states
  • Introduce the 14th Amendment and explain its implications

Video Objective
Development & Values of American Federalism Define federalism and learn about the Supremacy Clause.
Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History Examine the concept of sovereignty and how it has developed in American politics.
Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States Learn about the division of power between the national government and the states.
Devolution: Definition & Examples Define devolution and examine its implications.
State Government: Organization, Responsibilities & Federal Controls Explore state governments and the limits the federal government can place on state power.
What is Local Government? Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges Outline the organization and responsibilities of local governments.

6 Lessons in Chapter 55: CLEP Social Sciences and History: Federalism in the United States
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Development & Values of American Federalism

1. Development & Values of American Federalism

In this lesson you will explore the concept of federalism as it appears throughout American political history. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

2. 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.

Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

3. 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.

Devolution: Definition & Examples

4. 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.'

State Government: Organization, Responsibilities & Federal Controls

5. State Government: Organization, Responsibilities & Federal Controls

In this lesson, you will explore the balance of power between the federal government and state governments and discover how state governments operate. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

6. 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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