Federalism: Crash Course Government and Politics #4

In which Craig Benzine teaches you about federalism, or the idea that in the United States, power is divided between the national government and the 50 state governments. Craig will teach you about how federalism has evolved over the history of the US, and what powers are given to the federal government, and what stuff the states control on their own. And he punches an eagle, which may not surprise you at all.

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David Barone says:

2015 was 3 years ago its 18 now

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Daisy Lopez says:

What are the strengths and weaknesses of each type of federalism?

Conservative Press Club says:

In other words, if the State of California become its own country, the California dollar wouldn’t be worth anything due to the state economy being so poor, right?

Kevin Fogarty says:

Peter stop it, that eagle did nothing to you

Fortune MC says:

whene you trie to copy ted ed theme

Dark EeveeXx says:

“Which has nothing to do with Aaron Burr”


Warren Chapoton says:

Why does he keep punching an eagle?

Livana 22 says:

What are some examples of federalism ?

Giant Joe says:

you guys talk wayyyyyyy to fast

C. P. Smith says:

Came for re-learning american politics, stayed for Hamilton.

Mitchell Cohen says:


Alyssa Schaefer says:

this dude is sorta hard to understand

Wangtum Lowang says:

What is dual citizenship, one is national and the other is state, in the USA?

Sofía Martínez Montes says:

I usually just skip to the next video. BUT THAT LITTLE ADORABLE PUPPY KEPT ME TO THE VERY END

Sam Thomas says:

States don’t give the license to kill the Feds do. Basically same thing. What you *hope not” is your very reality.

LordDoom1985 says:

My whole life I was told that America is a Democratic Republic. Apparently we are a Federal Republic. I am now just very confused.

Shai Hulud says:

I googled federalism, and this video was the eighth result.

GoldenCam says:

I love these videos but he talks too fast for me to understand sometimes

Tommy Rice says:


Kyrawr _01 says:

Woot woot ap gov test tomorrow. I love suffering.

Ronin Elenion says:

My class calls New Federalism “Devolution Revolution”. It’s so fun to say.

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