Examples Of Dual Federalism

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According to the text, “from 1788 until 1937, the U.S. lived under a regime of dual federalism, which meant government power was strictly divided between the state and national governments” (Lowi, pg. 70). Don’t confuse dual federalism with the separation of powers. With dual federalism, there are some things that only the federal government does and some that only the state do. This is sometimes called jurisdiction. The national government had jurisdiction over internal improvements like inner state roads and canals, sub-cities to the states, and tariffs, which are taxes on imports thus fall under the general heading of foreign policy. The national government also owns public lands and regulates patents which need to be national for them to