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American History

Governments: Why Do People Need Them?

February 8, 2021

A government serves many purposes. Throughout history these purposes have been debated by prominent philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and David Hume. […]

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American History

Government: Types and Features

February 8, 2021

There are many types of governments. In order to distinguish one type of government from another, two basic questions need to be asked: First, who governs? That is, who is in control of the rules. Second, how much government control is allowed in a particular system? […]

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American History

Federalism: Division of Power in the United States

February 6, 2021

Currently, rather than a system of dual federalism that leans toward states’ power, there is what many call cooperative federalism, suggesting that the two levels of government form partnerships for the purpose of advancing common goals. […]

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American History

US Government: The Federal Framework

February 6, 2021

The sovereign powers are divided between the national and state governments in the United States. This federal framework was adopted by the framers of the US Constitution for the benefits they saw in the system. […]

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American History

US Federalism: Definition and Background

February 6, 2021

The United States has a federal government. There is the national government made up of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, and there are 50 sub-national governments, one in each state. […]

Portrait of Andrew Jackson.
American History

Andrew Jackson: The Popular Military Chieftain

February 1, 2021

Andrew Jackson had little experience as a statesman in comparison to his competitors, John Quincy Adams, William H. Crawford, and Henry Clay. Yet, he swept the popular and electoral vote of the 1824 election. […]

John Quincy Adams.
American History

The Presidential Election of 1824: The Republican Contenders

February 1, 2021

The presidential election of 1824 was significant because it marked the beginning of the end of the caucus system and the development of a new two-party system in America. The collapse of the Federalists resulted in all the contenders being Republicans. […]

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