States rights vs federal authority unit objective: explain the ongoing conflict between state's rights and federal authority from 1776-1787 we have been studying about the origins of the state's rights vs federal authority conflict, including alexander hamilton and thomas jefferson's views on government and how the constitution both strengthens and limits the power of the federal government. Proponents of states' rights argued against extensive use of the commerce clause, which gave the federal government the power to regulate interstate commerce, and the federal government's power to tax for the general welfare given the desperate economic situation, such arguments fell on deaf ears. States’ rights summary: states’ rights is a term used to describe the ongoing struggle over political power in the united states between the federal government and individual states as broadly outlined in the tenth amendment and whether the usa is a single entity or an amalgamation of independent nations.
However, each new territory that applied for statehood threatened to upset this balance of power southerners consistently argued for states rights and a weak federal government but it was not until the 1850s that they raised the issue of secession. Secession was based on the idea of state rights (or states rights, a variant that came into use after the civil war) this exalted the powers of the individual states as opposed to those of the federal government. -john c calhoun= one of websters greatest opponents in struggle b/w states rights and federal authority - defended federal govt power to make laws that applied to all states in union john c calhoun.
Southerners consistently argued for states rights and a weak federal government but it was not until the 1850s that they raised the issue of secession southerners argued that, having ratified the constitution and having agreed to join the new nation in the late 1780s, they retained the power to cancel the agreement and they threatened to do. In american political discourse, states' rights are political powers held for the state governments rather than the federal government according to the united states constitution, reflecting especially the enumerated powers of congress and the tenth amendment. The 1860 south carolina declaration of the causes of secession quoted the states 1852 declaration, which said that the frequent violations of the constitution of the united states by the federal government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the states, would justify the state in withdrawing from the union.
The federal government has been able to use the commerce clause in a number of situations to expand the authority of the federal government into areas where, without the necessary and proper clause, would be deemed to be an unconstitutional intrusion upon states rights. Why was the issue of the states' rights versus the federal authority serious the state should have soveriengty and make decisions for themselves and that they could nullify any federal decision that they disagreed with.
The authority referred to in this section of the supremacy clause is the authorities granted the federal government by the people and the states under the enumerated powers of each branch of the federal government. Bill of rights a big issue right before the civil war was how much power the federal goverment really should have over its people the people in the north belived in a strong federal government the southern states belived that each state government should have more power, and should be able to make important desions on its own.