If you were going to look at equal protection under the law, one could argue that federalism has positively impacted equal protection of the law. The Fourteenth Amendment was critical in reducing racial discrimination because of landmark rulings like Brown v. Board of Education. On the other hand, federalism initially enabled states to treat their citizens differently based on the color of their skin. Supreme Court rulings such as Plessy v. Ferguson allowed the states to segregate blacks and whites as long as the states provided “separate, but equal facilities.”
For this paper, utilize the Constitution, established case law, and scholarly sources to discuss both sides of the argument and then provide a logical argument why one impact is more significant.
Write: Your paper should be organized into the following sections and should:
Introduce the selected issue and the direction of the paper (1/2 page)
Discuss one positive impact of federalism on the selected issue. (1/2 page to 1 page)
Discuss one negative impact of federalism on the selected issue. (1/2 page to 1 page)
Evaluate which impact is the most significant and discuss why. (1 page)
Conclude and summarize the main findings of the paper. (1/2 page)
The paper must be three to four pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You must utilize at least three scholarly sources, one of which may be your course text. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center.