Essay on Fundamental of Constitutional History

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Fundamentals of Constitutional History - Notes

Refer to Table 1-1 of The American Democracy, and in 100 to 150 words, identify and explain America’s 3 core political ideals and the 3 rules of American politics. America’s 3 core political ideals are; Liberty, Equality and Self-government.
Liberty – individuals should have the freedom to act and think the way they want, as long as it is within reason and it doesn’t interfere with the freedoms of others.
Equality – all individuals should be treated equally, morally, by law, and in their political voice.
Self-government – the idea that the people are the absolute source and correct beneficiary of governing authority and must have a voice in how they are governed.

The 3 rules of
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This brought about fear of a revolution which in turn brought about negations.

In 100 to 150 words, explain what powers were granted to the federal government—enumerated powers and implied powers—in the U.S. Constitution, what powers were specifically denied to the federal government, and what powers were reserved to the states and the people. The enumerate power that were granted to the federal government were, the power to regulate commerce among the states, to create national currency and borrow money. It has the power to tax, to establish and army and navy and to declare war. Congress also has the power to prohibit the state from actions that would undermine the federal government. The implied powers that congress was granted is the authority to take action that is not expressly authorized by the Constitution but that supports actions that are so authorized. The states awarded the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States are reserved for the states.

In 150 to 250 words, explain the 3 primary eras of federalism in United States history; for example, 1789–1865, an indestructible union; 1865–1937, dual federalism and laissez-faire capitalism; and 1937—present, federalism today. In explaining the last era, specifically address the following issues: 1789 – 1865, Indestructible Union. This era lasted from 1789 until the end of the civil war. It was common for the states to

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