Learning Objectives

By reading this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

3.1 Explain the tension in American federalism between state and federal laws.

3.2 Identify the elements of the U.S. Constitution that shape American federalism.

3.3 Describe the development of American federalism from the founding to the New Deal.

3.4 Examine the role that the New Deal played in fundamentally reshaping American federalism.

3.5 Discuss changes to American federalism in the modern era and how it might continue to evolve.