Sovereignty and Power


This lesson explores the question of sovereignty in the United States. In a representative and federal government, it is sometimes difficult to see who has the supreme authority, or the final say in matters of great importance. The principles of American government, however, require the sovereignty of the people. They express their will through a constitutional majority, although they themselves do not rule directly.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.