The constitutional principles of the American Founding that guided American politics before the Civil War were increasingly altered as a new approach to governance become predominant in the early twentieth century. The rise of an administrative state centralized more power in the hands of federal agencies in the executive branch and which blurred the relationship of the branches of government and their respective constitutional powers. Even though the Constitution specifically granted authority to Congress to regulate interstate commerce in its enumerated powers in Article I, Section 8, Congress increasingly delegated that authority to the executive branch.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: Background Essay
Handout B: Two Hypothetical Countries
Handout C: Proportional or Single Member Districts?
Handout D: Delegate or Trustee?
Handout E: Congressional Voting Scenarios
Introductory Essay Founding Principles, Virtues, and Glossary