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How does the 10th Amendment reflect the underlying function of the Constitution?

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createacritte... | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM via web

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How does the 10th Amendment reflect the underlying function of the Constitution?

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chickflik999 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:50 AM (Answer #1)

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The tenth amendment states that "powers not granted to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited to the States, are reserved to the States or the people." This means that any powers in the Constitution that have not be explicily granted to the federal government or prohibited from the states remain in the hands of the states and the people. This reflects the concept of federalism, which is the division of political powers between the federal government and the states. This amendment reflects that the United States is run by a federal head but some powers are delegated to the states. 

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