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Overview : How can you ensure that local interests are represented in a large country? The Framers of the United States Constitution established a system of distributed powers, called federalism, in order to ensure local control, while still allowing effective governing.
1. What is the definition of federalism?
2. What was the first governing document for the newly independent colonies after the Revolutionary War?
3. What were the shortcomings of that document?
4. What was one of the main goals of the Philadelphia Convention in framing a new governing document?
5. What were the opponents of the Constitution called, and what were some of their concerns with the new document?
6. What were the supporters of the Constitution called, and how did they respond to critics of the new document?
7. How do you think federalism solves the problem of ensuring local interests are represented in a large and diverse country?
Civil Society and Federalism in Times of Crisis
Introduction: Americans have faced an enormous amount of upheaval in their daily lives as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While some of these changes have been required by law, many others have been undertaken voluntarily by people.
This lesson includes a variety of activities and primary source excerpts, providing students with a comprehensive study of federalism. Through the Constitution’s system of federalism, power is divided between national and subnational governments. Federalism allows citizens to make policy decisions at state and local levels. Decentralization draws individuals out of private life and compels civic engagement.