Ch 56: NMTA: Federalism in the United States

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Use this chapter to prepare for questions about American federalism, the division of powers between the national and state governments and the powers of local government on the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam.

NMTA: Federalism in the United States - Chapter Summary

This chapter helps you reinforce your knowledge about the federalist system in the U.S. and the powers of the national, state and local governments under this system. In this series of lesson videos, our professional instructors explain the factors that led to the adoption of federalism in the U.S. and the events that shaped its evolution since then. Following these lessons you should have a better understanding of:

  • Adoption of federalism in the U.S.
  • Evolution of U.S. federalism
  • Concept of sovereignty in the U.S.
  • Powers and responsibilities of the national, state and local governments
  • Devolution
  • Difference between the values of equality and participation

After you've completed these lessons, test your understanding of the material presented by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. Use the results from these assessments to find topics you don't know, and use the provided links to return to the points in the lessons that cover those topics. Video tags allow you to skip over the material you've already mastered. You can also read over the lesson transcripts for an alternative review of the lessons.

NMTA: Federalism in the United States Objectives

New Mexico administers the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science to test potential middles school educators' mastery over middle grades social science. This computer-based certification exam is administered in a three hours testing session and includes 150 multiple-choice questions. Of the material covered on the test, 19% falls under the content domain of Government. Prepare to answer questions about the power and role of the federal government by watching these lessons on federalism in the U.S.

10 Lessons in Chapter 56: NMTA: 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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