Defining Federalism
Federalism is a system in which two or more governments share power over the same constituents. Ultimate political authority, or sovereignty, is shared between the governments. The national government is supreme and holds powers on certain issues, and the state governments have the same sovereignty over different issues. The workings of the federal system and how national, state, and local governments relate is described as intergovernmental relations. (Video is narrated with slides and speeches
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Cooperative Federalism
Federalism incorporates multiple layers of government, where final authority is divided between the layers of government. Dual federalism can be described using the metaphor of a layer cake, where the layers of government are linked, but function as distinct units. Cooperative federalism evolved from the concept of dual federalism.The role of the national government is more prominent in cooperative federalism than in dual federalism. With the dual federalism model, the national government and th
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Fiscal Federalism
Fiscal federalism is the model of spending, taxing, and providing grants in the federal government system. The national government’s primary means of influencing state governments is giving money to states in the form of grants-in-aid. Grants-in-aid have a long history in the United States, dating back to the Confederation period. The nation’s leaders originally designed them to help fund agriculture, land grant colleges, and farm-related education. They grew to encompass many other types of
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Paris Peace Conference - 1919
The video shows footage of the time. You can see who the leaders of the peace conference were and what they wanted. There are images of destroyed cities. The main aims of the winners are listed. Wilson's suggestions are explained. Post war politics in Germany is explained and the role of communism. There is reference to the way in which the leaders drew the map of Europe anew. There is a map shown. There is an account of the main terms of the The Treaty of Versailles.
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Third Parties
While the American system of politics has generally been defined as a two-party system, occasionally a third party emerges, influencing elections and siphoning important votes from the major parties. Third parties often begin as single-issue parties that oppose or promote a certain social, economic, or political topic. For example, the Republican Party formed in the 1850’s as a third party in opposition to slavery. Similarly, in 2000, Ralph Nader formed the Green Party that focused on environm
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Incumbency
While the president is limited to serving two terms in office, members of Congress can serve an unlimited number of terms. In the mid-nineteenth century, most congressional representatives served only a single term because at that time politics was not considered a career. However, by the mid-twentieth century, congressional representatives began to view holding congressional office as a prestigious career.  (Video is narrated with slides and speeches.)

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Corruption in Business and Government
This video is accompanied by text. "In the decades between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century, new technologies, cheap immigrant labor, maturing methods of industrialization, and a mechanized, streamlined transportation system of railroads and steam-powered ships proved a formula for astoundingly rapid growth in the business sector. Government, however, could not keep pace with these changes. Governments were naive about business and the ways that individuals and comp
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The Mexican Revolution of 1911
This video is accompanied by text. "The Latin American country most important to the well-being of the U.S. was its neighbor to the south, Mexico. Mexico is a nation rich in resources, but its ineffective and corrupt governments had exploited the Mexican people for years. A series of brutal dictators had controlled the country for decades, and many of them mismanaged Mexico’s resources, making themselves rich while the majority of Mexicans were desperately poor. Tension had been high for years
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Cold War: Latin America - part 1/5
1954 - 1990 The United States has always regarded Latin America as its own backyard. Fearing the spread of communism, it seeks to destabilze leftist governments. In 1973, the CIA helps overthrow the Chilean president Salvador Allende; in the 1980's it supports right wing extremists in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
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Cold War: Latin America - part 2/5
1954 - 1990 The United States has always regarded Latin America as its own backyard. Fearing the spread of communism, it seeks to destabilze leftist governments. In 1973, the CIA helps overthrow the Chilean president Salvador Allende; in the 1980's it supports right wing extremists in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
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Cold War: Latin America - part 3/5
1954 - 1990 The United States has always regarded Latin America as its own backyard. Fearing the spread of communism, it seeks to destabilze leftist governments. In 1973, the CIA helps overthrow the Chilean president Salvador Allende; in the 1980's it supports right wing extremists in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
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Cold War: Latin America - part 4/5
1954 - 1990 The United States has always regarded Latin America as its own backyard. Fearing the spread of communism, it seeks to destabilze leftist governments. In 1973, the CIA helps overthrow the Chilean president Salvador Allende; in the 1980's it supports right wing extremists in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
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Cold War: Latin America - part 5/5
1954 - 1990 The United States has always regarded Latin America as its own backyard. Fearing the spread of communism, it seeks to destabilze leftist governments. In 1973, the CIA helps overthrow the Chilean president Salvador Allende; in the 1980's it supports right wing extremists in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
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Slave Resistance and the Underground Railroad
This video is accompanied by text. "During the 1850s, Americans witnessed a decade of sectional crises that threatened the very existence of the Union. Ralph Waldo Emerson was right in predicting that the Mexican Cession would reignite the explosive issue of slavery expansion. The newly acquired territory lay beyond the Louisiana Purchase and therefore was not part of the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Californians were clamoring for statehood, the residents of Utah and New Mexico deserved territo
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Animal Farm
The video is an animated movie about barn animals acting  out human faults in life and politics. This captivating animation is based on Orwell's classic tale, 'Animal Farm'.

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(1/6) Tanks - Battle of Kursk
The battle of Kursk was monumental for numerous reasons but will almost always be remembered for being the largest clash of armor. The battles that took place on the Russian front during WWII were among the most destructive ever fought. Between 1941-45 Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia fought each other that would see millions of people die for the quest of governments. One of these battles took place in a small town of Kursk. Hitler's new tanks were against the Russian tanks. The outcome of this b
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(3/6) Tanks - Battle of Kursk
The battle of Kursk was monumental for numerous reasons but will almost always be remembered for being the largest clash of armor. The battles that took place on the Russian front during WWII were among the most destructive ever fought. Between 1941-45 Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia fought each other that would see millions of people die for the quest of governments. One of these battles took place in a small town of Kursk. Hitler's new tanks were against the Russian tanks. The outcome of this b
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Andrew J. Bacevich
Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? Bill Moyers sits down with history and international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life. "Because of this preoccupation with the presidency," says Bacevich, "the president has become what we have instead of genuine politics, instead of genuine
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The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science - An Introduction
An introduction to the current and prospective projects undertaken by The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Score by JOSH TIMONEN "The Politics of Driving" by The Life and Times from their album "Tragic Boogie" http://thelifeandtimes.com Get it on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tragic-boogie/id309896191
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Kennedy-Nixon First Presidential Debate, 1960
On September 26, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon stood before an audience of 70 million Americans—two-thirds of the nation's adult population—in the first nationally televised Presidential debate. This first of four debates held before the end of October gave a vast national audience the opportunity to see and compare the two candidates, and ushered in a new age of Presidential politics. Film footage © John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. For more archival
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