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Federalism: the relationship between state governments and the federal government.  This split gives some power left up to the federal government but also reserves other powers for the states. Federalism began with the Constituion. -Jordan Wright Social Studies Education, 5th Grade Social Studies, Homeschool Social Studies, Social Studies Middle School, Social Studies Elementary, Social Studies Classroom, Social Studies Activities, History Classroom, History Teachers

Welcome to the behind-the-scenes blog for Constitution USA with Peter Sagal, a 4-part series that premiered on PBS in May of 2013. This blog is no longer being updated, but we hope you enjoy our archive. Visit for more on the series.