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HIS 303 Week 2 DQ 1 Powers of the Federal Government

HIS 303 Week 2 DQ 1 Powers of the Federal Government

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Many Americans today believe the federal government has acquired too much power, size, and influence in the nation’s domestic affairs. Throughout U.S. history, a tension has existed regarding what powers the federal government can assume and what powers should be left to the states. Review the text of the Constitution for evidence about the relationship the document establishes between national and state governments. Then review the history of the United States through the Civil War for evidence of how that relationship worked in progress, and changed over time.

What major controversies during this time period raised questions about the proper relationship between the state and federal governments? How did proponents and opponents of state sovereignty defend their respective positions? How did the question of slavery intermix with the question of states’ rights?

When responding to the above questions, draw from three of the following documents:
 a. South Carolina exposition and protest  b. President Jackson's proclamation regarding nullification, December 10, 1832 c. The Kentucky resolution – Alien and sedition acts d. Abraham Lincoln: Inaugural address, March 4, 1861 e. Declaration of the immediate causes which induce and justify the secession of South Carolina from the federal union

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