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Ch 56: NES: Federalism in the United States

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Use these lessons and quizzes to review the role of federalism in the United States government for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades Social Science exam.

NES: Federalism in the United States - Chapter Summary

Get up to speed on federalism with these chapter resources. You'll review the definition of federalism, learn about the evolution of federalism in American politics, and explore the different roles and responsibilities of national, state and local governments in the U.S. These lessons are designed to help you prepare for NES Middle Grades Social Science exam questions on the following topics:

  • Factors that led the U.S. to adopt federalism
  • Historical development and levels of sovereignty in American politics
  • Division and devolution of power between national and lower level governments
  • Equality vs. participation in federalism
  • Control of state governments by the federal systems
  • Powers, responsibilities and challenges of local and state governments

Use these video lessons to brush up on any topics you may have grown rusty on. The timeline tags allow you to zero in on the areas you need to focus on and skip the ones you don't. Each lesson can be viewed as many times as you'd like and can be accessed on any device that connects to the Internet.

NES: Federalism in the United States Objectives

The NES Middle Grades Social Science exam is part of the educator certification process in some states. The test measures your proficiency in government, history, economics geography and culture. You'll have three hours to answer 150 multiple-choice questions.

The lessons in this chapter prepare you for questions about the organization of different levels of government in the U.S. You'll answer questions about the functions of federal, state and local governments, how they share power and the major responsibilities of each. These questions are found in the Government portion of the exam, which makes up approximately 19% of the total test score.

10 Lessons in Chapter 56: NES: Federalism in the United States
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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.

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