Ch 11: Levels of Government in the U.S.

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Your review of the levels of government in the United States can be made easy with this chapter that features video lessons and quizzes about topics like the power sources in democratic politics, American federalism from 1787 to the present, and more!

Levels of Government in the U.S. - Chapter Summary

This chapter will make your refresher sessions entertaining because you can watch lesson videos about topics like the powers of national and state governments, power sources in democratic politics and definition of a federal government. Estimate your progress in remembering the topics by taking the short quizzes after each lesson. The following topics are also included in this chapter:

  • Powers of a state government
  • Definition and responsibilities of a local government
  • Way in which tribal governments are structured
  • American federalism from 1787 to the present

Because our lessons are short, you can plan your study sessions to fit your schedule. Check out the written transcripts for information about the instructors, vocabulary words, and themes. We track your progress through the chapter on our dashboard, making it easy to see what you've accomplished.

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: Levels of Government in the U.S.
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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.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

5. 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.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

6. 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.

Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

7. 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.

Sources of Power & Influence in Democratic Politics

8. Sources of Power & Influence in Democratic Politics

Democratic politics can seem simple, but are really quite complex. In this lesson, we are going to talk about and present a few examples of the ways that power can by consolidated and utilized within a democratic system.

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