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Authors: Sutton, RobertP
Keywords: Federalism
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: British Library Cataloguing
Description: In 1776 American patriot leaders, in separating from English constitutional authority, created what they hoped was a viable substitute for the sovereignty of Parliament, a republic based on divided sovereignty, or federalism. In the Articles of Confederation they embarked on an unprecedented experiment. Always before, sovereignty (literally meaning “supreme power”) had been seen as indivisible, the concept of two supreme powers in one body politic being incongruous. Unfortunately, the first experiment with federalism did not work. The structure of the Articles was lopsided. It gave so much power to the states and so little to Congress that within a decade the government collapsed
ISBN: 0–313–31531–0
Appears in Collections:Education Planning & Management(EDPM)

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