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Ch 55: MTEL History: Federalism in the U.S.

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Let us aid in your review of the history and workings of U.S. federalism, along with facts about state and local governments, as you prepare for the MTEL History exam. These video lessons and quizzes will help you answer exam questions on these topics.

MTEL History: Federalism in the U.S. - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to prepare for questions on the history and powers of the U.S. federal government as you study for the MTEL History exam. These lessons will cover material similar to exam questions on topics like:

  • Describing how federalism differs from other types of governments
  • Exploring the development of federalism in the United States
  • Identifying sovereignty in the U.S. political system
  • Explaining how powers are divided between the federal and state governments
  • Exploring devolution or how powers may be shifted from higher to lower levels of government
  • Stating the responsibilities of local and state governments

These lessons are developed by expert instructors and are designed to give you a solid foundation for success on the MTEL History exam. You'll enjoy watching these videos and taking the self assessment quizzes as you brush up on your knowledge.

Objectives of the MTEL History: Federalism in the U.S. Chapter

All certified history teachers in Massachusetts must pass the MTEL History exam. The topics examined in the Federalism in the U.S. chapter are in the exam's subarea on geography, government and economics, which accounts for 25% of the total test score.

All the questions in this subarea are multiple-choice, like the questions in the short quizzes that follow each of our lessons. These quizzes let you practice answering questions in a format similar to what you'll find on the MTEL exam and also offer a chance to assess your knowledge and see what requires further study.

11 Lessons in Chapter 55: MTEL History: Federalism in the U.S.
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What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

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.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

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.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

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.

Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

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.

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.

Devolution: Definition & Examples

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.'

Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation

7. Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation

Federalism is designed to leave governmental power to the people, but there are two competing values of federalism: equality and participation. This lesson takes a closer look at federalism and at how these two ideals often conflict.

Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

8. 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.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

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.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

10. 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.

US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

11. US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

This lesson will delineate the procedure of U.S. naturalization. It will also explain the responsibilities and mandatory duties of citizenship, as well as the Selective Service Act.

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