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Ch 59: MTTC History: Federalism in the U.S.

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Get a refresher on federalism in the U.S. with these short and flexible video lessons. Quickly learn or review all the federalism concepts you'll be asked about on the MTTC History exam.

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

Streamline your preparation for the MTTC History exam by watching fun and fast videos on the origins, evolution and values of federalism. These short lessons offer all the info you'll need to know about federalism for the exam, including:

  • Factors association with the U.S. adoption of federalism
  • Federalism's evolution in America from 1787-1937 and into the present day
  • Sovereignty in the U.S. political system
  • Division of powers between states and the federal government
  • Devolution and competing values
  • Federal controls on state governments
  • Local and state governments' powers and responsibilities

Our professional instructors break down large concepts, like federalism's evolution in America, into short, easy-to-understand lessons that makes reviewing for the exam a snap. Transcripts are available for each video and offer an easy way to pinpoint key terms and definitions. You'll also find video tags that let you review just the main points of videos without having to re-watch the entire lesson.

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

Michigan requires aspiring history teachers to take the MTTC History exam as part of the licensure process. It is a multiple-choice exam with questions covering a range of topics in four specific areas: U.S. history, world history, historical concepts and skills, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Federalism is part of the interdisciplinary perspectives subarea, which comprises roughly 24% of the exam. You can use our self-assessment quizzes to get comfortable with the format of questions on the exam before you take it.

10 Lessons in Chapter 59: MTTC History: Federalism in the U.S.
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.

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