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April 28, 2003

Cases and Materials on American Federalism,

This website is produced by Douglas Amber for his class on American Government and Public Policy at Purdue University Calumet. It includes links to a wide assortment of constitutional provisions, cases, statutes, and documents on federalism.

The site is organized into chapters:

  1. American socio-political heritage
  2. constitutional beginnings
  3. consequences of federalism
  4. definition and structure of democracy
  5. the Congress
  6. the President
  7. federal courts
  8. civil liberties and rights

A glossary of terms (legal and archaic), a timeline, and links to websites of political parties and organizations complete the offerings.

Representative of the materials provided are:

  • the Articles of Confederation
  • Bush v Gore
  • the Constitution of the Confederate States of America
  • the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence
  • the Magna Carta
  • Marbury v Madison
  • Nixon v U.S.
  • selections from Blackstone's Commentaries, Hobbes's Leviathan, and Locke's Second Treatise of Government
  • U.S. Term Limits v Thornton
  • various items from The Federalist Papers
  • Washington's farewell address
2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington