STATES' RIGHTS VS. FEDERALISM

In this assignment, you will be comparing a variet of historical documents to examine to topics of States' Rights and the Power of the Federal Government.

 

You will first go to this site: http://www.law.ou.edu/artconf.htmlArticles of Confederation)

1 What decisions needed to be approved by the states ?

 

2 How many votes were given to each state ?

3 Why were the Articles of Confederation more beneficial to smaller states ?

 

 

Go to this site: http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/federalist/(The Federalist Papers)

 

4 Each person will be assigned two of the Federalist Papers: You are to look for arguments for a stronger federal government and for arguments limiting the power of individual states- List specific arguments

 

 

5 Describe a recent example of how the Federal government has overridden the decision of a state government

 

Go to this site: http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/constitution/ (The US Constitution)

 

6 Find and list specific articles and sections that shifted power from the state governments to the federal government.

 

 

7 Discuss (in writing): Has the federal government become too strong. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a strong federal government ?

 

 

Adapted from a lesson by Rod Haenke and Kathleen Housley, Classroom Connect inc.