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  • Dad,I want to be president!
  • Well then let me take you through the United States history.
  • Okay. We will also have a way that each branch can make sure no branch dominates over the other. We can call this Checks and Balances.
  • It all started when Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. This declared America free from the British. Then the country had to write the Articles of Confederation which outlined the laws and national and state powers of the new country.
  • I like the New Jersey Plan! One House and one vote per state seems fair. Especially for smaller states.
  • And the Judicial Branch will interpret the laws.
  • No! No! No! The Virginia plan makes more sense. The number of votes should depend on population because those states have more people.
  • The Articles of Confederation had many flaws, so a Constitutional Convention was held to write the United States Constitution.
  • How about the Great Compromise. The House will be based on population and the senate will be equal?
  • Slaves should count too!
  • No!
  • How about 3/5's of a states slave population will count for their overall population? We will call this the Three-Fifths Compromise.
  • I just want to be President so I can have all the power.
  • Actually, it doesn't quite work that way...
  • The Government was divided into three branches. This is called Separation of Powers.
  • The Legislative Branch will make laws.
  • The Executive Branch will enforce the laws.
  • After much debate, the Anti-Federalist states signed the Constitution after a Bill of Rights was promised to be added. This clearly outlined the rights of the people. It was ratified in 1788 by all states except North Carolina and Rhode Island. They ratified it in 1790.
  • We, the Federalists, approve of the Constitution. A strong central government is just what we need.
  • We, Anti-Federalists, believe this Constitution does not protect a citizen's rights enough. We will not approve!
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