The student will analyze the fundamental principles of the American system of government.
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Explain the concept of popular sovereignty as exercised by the nation’s people who possess the ultimate source of authority.
Examine the American system of federalism and evaluate the changes that have occurred in the relationship between the states and the national government over time.
Analyze the enumerated powers delegated to the federal government by the states in the United States Constitution, the limits placed on the powers of the national government, and the powers of the states including the reserved and concurrent powers.
Summarize and explain the relationships and the responsibilities between national and state governments including tribal and local governments.
Cite specific textual and visual evidence and summarize how power is separated as well as shared under the American system including the separation of powers and checks and balance, which is designed to prevent abuse of power by any government body at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.