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Supremacy Clause: McCulloch v. Maryland

Tension between the states and the federal government has been a constant throughout U.S. history. This video explores the supremacy clause in Article VI of the Constitution and key moments in the power struggle, including the landmark case McCulloch v. Maryland. In McCulloch, Chief Justice John Marshall wrote that the supremacy clause unequivocally states that the “Constitution, and the Laws of the United States ... shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”

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Annenberg Guide to the Constitution

The original text is paired with an explanation of the meaning of each article and amendment, creating an excellent research tool for understanding our founding document.

A complete curriculum on the United States Constitution

Use this guide to find videos and games that connect to the articles and amendments in the Constitution. Also available as a PDF to download and print.

The Origin and Nature of the Constitution

Separation of Powers

Three Branches of Government

Article I: The Legislative Branch

Article II: The Executive Branch

Article III: The Judicial Branch

The Amendments and Landmark Cases

First Amendment: Freedom of Speech, Religion, and Press

Fourth Amendment: Freedom from Unreasonable Search and Seizure

Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Amendments: Juries and Trials

Sixth Amendment: Right to a Speedy Trial, Impartial Jury, Confrontation of Witnesses, and Counsel

Fourteenth Amendment: Due Process, Equal Protection, and Discrimination

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