In A More Perfect Union, Peter Sagal explores the Constitution’s most striking and innovative feature: its resilient brand of federalism. The framers created a strong national government while at the same time preserving much of the power and independence of the states. This delicate balance of power, seemingly hard-wired for disagreement and conflict, has served America well for more than two centuries. Let's take a closer look at how it has also led to tensions throughout American history and still sparks controversy today over medical marijuana, gun control, and Obamacare.
In this digital age, teachers often incorporate video into the classroom as these teachers have done through the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab program.for a project-based video journalism curriculum, media literacy resources and student videos about constitutional issues in their schools and communities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities, a major funder of CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal, offers additional resources on federalism for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material. Find even more on the EDSITEment website.