States have their own governments, but what powers do they have, and where does that power come from? In this lesson, students will explore the nature of state power as pre-existing the Constitution, as well as the limits states imposed on themselves when they created the Constitution. They’ll learn about the states’ police power and how state power related to the federal governments’ powers.
This lesson is a more advanced version of “State Power” lesson in our State and Local Government curriculum unit.
This resource was created with support from the State Government Affairs Council.