The sharing of power between national & state governments.

Excerpts From the Constitution

The 3rd major system is a Federalism. In a federal system the national government holds significant power. "The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks"

Samuel Adams

"The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world."James Madison


Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, James Madison were founders of Federalism and they believed in it to ignore tyrant. They also believed in it because they wanted states to participate more in government and create new ideas and programs.In Federalism they elected a president for the country and a mayor for the states.

Significance of Federalism

Federalism is a system of government in which a written constitution divides power between a central government and regional or sub-divisional governments. Both types of government act directly upon the people through their officials and laws.
USA State and Federal Powers

Federalism in The Past

The civil war was fought not only because of slavery but also because of states' sovereignty.

Current Examples of Federalism

Federalism provides the states the freedom to experiment with social issues such as gun control, medical marijuana and same sex marriages by voting on state and national laws.