Government

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The U.S. Constitiution

Constitution Preamble - Schoolhouse Rock

Background

The Constitution was written in the Assembly Room of the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia. It was signed on September 17th, 1787. It was destined to replace the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution made a stronger federal government by creating a separation of powers called the 3 branches of government. The Legislative branch made the laws while the Executive carried them out and the Judicial was responsible for interpreting the laws. These branches of government would use a series of checks and balances to make sure no one branch had too much power. It also added the bill of rights which displays the first ten amendments. The first being very important, as it gave us the freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly.

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Impact on government

The Constitution sets up a federal system which divides between various states and central government. It gave us a limited federal government and empowered the states and the local governments. The Constitution gave us more citizen participation. The Bill Of Rights has inspired more human rights and kept the power of the state government and federal government limited. The Constitution impacted the U.S. government not only by giving Americans freedom of religion and speech, but also protection in court.

Citations


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