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  • Rob Natelson, recognized national expert on the framing and adoption of the United States Constitution, and Professor of Constitutional Law, Legal History, and Advanced Constitutional Law at the University of Montana School of Law, discusses the origins and nature of federalism, the benefits of a federal government, the role of the 9th and 10th Amendment, the Necessary and Proper Clause, Enumerated Powers, Rules of Construction, States Rights vs People’s Rights, and the Compact Theory of Government.

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