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Ch 53: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: U.S. Federalism

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Use this chapter to make sure you are ready for questions related to American federalism on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. In this chapter are useful materials to help you study, such as video lessons with explanatory diagrams and key definitions and facts in text.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: U.S. Federalism - Chapter Summary

Brush up on your history and become more familiar with the tenets of federalism and the evolution of American federalism in this engaging chapter as you get ready for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. The lessons in this chapter describe key concepts of federalism, such as popular and dual sovereignty in the American political system and the division of powers through the federal and state governments. Once you are done, you should be able to:

  • Analyze the factors related to the U.S. adoption of federalism
  • Describe the history of sovereignty in the American political system
  • Summarize the 10th Amendment
  • Identify federal controls on state governments and landmark federal court rulings
  • Explain the powers and responsibilities allocated to state governments
  • Describe county and municipal structures of local government

After you complete each video lesson, test your understanding with our self-assessment quizzes. Navigating through a lesson is simple because each video has tags for important sections, and the quiz answer explanations are also tagged to their spot in the video! Whether you are reviewing material or learning new content about federalism for the Praxis exam, our lessons make the studying process fun through our vibrantly animated videos. Be assured that our online instructors are here to help answer questions you may have about this chapter, allowing you to further personalize your study plan.

7 Lessons in Chapter 53: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: U.S. Federalism
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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.

Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

2. 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

3. 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.

Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

4. 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.

The 10th Amendment: Definition, Summary & Examples

5. The 10th Amendment: Definition, Summary & Examples

The 10th Amendment was added to the Constitution to assure reluctant delegates that the Federal Government would not overstep its boundaries. It specifies the federal system in the United States. Very few federal laws, however, are overturned because of the 10th Amendment.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

6. 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

7. 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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