The States & Sovereignty
The concept of the states and their sovereignty is essential to any discussion of the union, the Constitution, or America as a whole. It is crucial to determine whether the United States is a union of individual sovereign countries or whether the states are merely glorified counties. The videos provided below explore this topic in detail, covering the original creation of the union’s setup and the organizational structure established during the Constitutional Convention and State Ratifying Conventions. Understanding the role of the states and their relationship to the federal government is fundamental to understanding the history and evolution of the United States.
Part 1 –
Nation Or Sovereign States? Which Came First?
Part 2 –
National Supremacy Or Dual Sovereignty
There is a common misconception that the federal government is supreme in all things and that the states are little more than irrelevant boundaries on a map. However, this is not what the Constitution established, nor was it what the Founders envisioned when constructing it. Despite what some may say today, the State Governments retained sovereignty and powers that could not be encroached upon by the Federal Government. The following video provides an overview, using the Founders’ own words, of how powers were to be distributed between the Federal and State Governments under the Constitution. It is crucial to understand the distribution of power and sovereignty between the federal and state governments to fully appreciate the nature of the federal system of government established by the Constitution.