Opinion

The ‘isms’ that define U.S. history

Americans enjoy debates. The first debate of consequence was whether the thirteen colonies, after the Revolutionary War, should come together as a whole or remain divided into 13 separate nations. The “ism” under debate was federalism, defined as a system based on democratic rules and institutions in which the power to govern is shared between national and state governments. 

The matter was ultimately settled . . .

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