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  • The Federal State Relationship
    • Westward expansion
      • Settlement in the US spread from just the Atlantic coast
    • Population growth
      • Population was just under 4 million when federalism was conceived but today it has around 300 million.
    • Industrialisation
      • This brought the need for government regulation and the forming of federal departments
    • Improved communication
      • Radio and television brought about a national identity and strengthened federal government
    • The Great Depression
      • The states looked to federal government to cure their ills. The New Deal strengthened the federal government
    • Foreign policy
      • Federal US government became a world super power after the second world war
    • Supreme Court decisions
    • Constitutional amendments


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