Government

Madi Sorensen

When & Where:

The U.S. Constitution was written in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention, also known as the Constitutional Convention. It was written in 1777 but was not ratified until 1789.

Who:

The document was written by James Madison and Governeur Morris. Eventually, in 1789, Thomas Jefferson made his input in the U.S. Constitution by adding the Bill of Rights.

Why:

The U.S. Constitution was created in order to separate power so that the different forms of government were not overstepping each other. In order to do this, the document create three branches of government: the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, and the Judicial Branch. Each have their own amount of power and have individual duties to perform.

Legislative: Consists of the U.S. Congress and the House of Representatives.

Executive: The President, who is in charge of foreign relations and managing domestic issues.

Judicial: The Supreme Courts and federal courts.

With these branches and powers separated, it granted states individual rights and operated uniformly. Today, this effects us by giving government the right to tax, or start war. The courts have the right to convict people without consulting the President and so on.

Citations:

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