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Federalism in the United States has evolved over the past 200 years from an arrangement where state and national government powers and responsibilities were clearly distinct and separate, to one in which the line of distinction between the two has blurred.
First, explain the clauses in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution that have allowed the expansion of national government power, how Article VI’s Supremacy Clause plays a role, and which amendment in the Bill of Rights is intended to act as a countering force to restrict such expansion.
Next, explain how the Supreme Court decisions in McCulloch v. Maryland and Gibbons v. Ogden legitimized Congress’ use of these clauses to expand the power of the national government. Finally, as the main focus of your essay, analyze the impact of The New Deal upon American federalism. What is its legacy on contemporary American politics?
(1) In order to complete this assignment, it is necessary to watch a 50 minute portion of the PBS documentary on the legacy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. SEE BELOW.

Watch Chapters 13 through 17 (from about the 1:46:00 to 2:39:00 mark) to see what the historical foundations of “The New Deal” consisted of. See the link immediately below for the whole 4 hour video where you can select various chapters or scroll to the time noted above, or try the embedded videos:Although this paper can be done using the textbook and associated resources posted in Blackboard, you are welcome to include outside research if you would like, but be very careful to avoid plagiarism and properly cite your sources.

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