What is federalism? Why and how did the framers invent a federal system? How and why has American federalism changed over time? What are some pros and cons of American federalism?
Part 2: Why & How Did the Framers Invent Federalism?
They faced a lot of distrust. How did they design the Constitution to deal with that distrust? (14 minutes)
Part 3: How & Why Has Federalism Changed?
Much has changed since the framer's time. American federalism is now a mix of dualism, cooperation, and coercion. What were the major changes and what drove them? (14 minutes)
Part 4: Some Pros & Cons of Federalism
Federalism offers many advantages but it is not a guarantee of political freedom, fairness, or a good quality of life. Much depends upon the quality of people we elect to our state and federal offices.