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Ch 57: Levels of Government in the United States

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Review the different levels of government in the United States. The mobile-friendly lessons in the chapter provide a review of the federal, state, and local governments.

Levels of Government in the United States - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you can find the definition and responsibilities of each level of government. The lessons define the powers given to the federal and state governments, as well as responsibilities at the local level. Study the division of powers among the levels of government and the structure of a tribal government. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain powers, responsibilities, and challenges for the federal, state and local governments
  • Describe how a tribal government is organized
  • Identify how power is balanced between the national government and the states

We utilize short, captivating video lessons to streamline the study process. You'll get self-appraisal quizzes and a text transcript with every video. If you need to return to a specific topic without re-viewing the whole video, you can use the tags in the Timeline for easy access. You can keep tabs on your progress from your Dashboard.

5 Lessons in Chapter 57: Levels of Government in the United States
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What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits

1. What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits

A federal government is a system that divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. We'll take a look at how power plays out between the national and local government, and the benefits of a federal government.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

2. 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.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

3. 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.

Structure of a Tribal Government

4. Structure of a Tribal Government

In this lesson we will learn what tribal governments are and how they are structured. We will also learn about their relationships with United States federal and state governments.

Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

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.

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