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Federalism: a system in which power is divided between local, state, and national governments. Directions:

Classify the following powers in the chart. Take the time to consider which category would be the most appropriate fit based on the description.

  • declare and engage in war
  • conduct elections
  • print and coin money
  • govern marriage laws
  • maintain an army, navy, and air force
  • regulate interstate and foreign commerce
  • regulate intrastate commerce
  • punish lawbreakers
  • levy and collect taxes
  • protect the rights of citizens
  • set traffic standards
  • admit new states
  • provide for public safety
  • borrow money
  • establish and maintain schools
  • negotiate treaties with foreign countries
  • protect public health
  • determine the qualifications of voters
  • set up a post office
  • set rules for immigration
  • maintain the state militia (also known as the National Guard)

Powers of the National Government Powers Shared by the State and National Governments Powers of the State Governments

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