The Essential Documents of America

The Essential Documents of America

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  • The Declaration of Independence
  • America
  • We declare that Great Britain is abusing its power over the people!
  • Great Britain
  • Hmmmm. I'm worried that America might be too weak with this government.
  • The Articles of Confederation
  •  Say goodbye to a corrupt powerful government and hello to freedom!
  • The Constitution of The United States of America
  • Well that was a mess. We shoudl just rewrite another document.
  • I agree, a stronger central government separeted and balanced is what we need!
  • Announces break from Great Britain and sets up basic ideals of America. These ideals are that the government gets its powers with the agreement from the people, and the belief that people have basic rights, like the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which the government cannot take away.
  • Federalist 10
  • James Madison 
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  • America’s first try to create a government. It failed because the national government was too weak, and could not raise taxes or an army to respond to crises. Had to rewrite a new document.
  • Federalist 51
  • The branches of government have to work together....but not too much together...
  • James Madison 
  •  National government separated into three parts, where each has powers over the other so no one part becomes too powerful. A law-making part, called Congress, was given supremacy over the state governments and separated into two houses. The part that carries out the laws is lead by one President, and the part that makes sure no law or action violates the Constitution was gives was given the power to strike them down.
  • Brutus 1
  • Look at this chaos! If we let the government take our freedoms, they will never give it back. The Constitution is too vague!
  • One of the founding fathers, James Madison, writes about the danger of large groups trying to take over smaller ones. These groups, called factions, can’t be taken away or else it would go against the rights of the people to have opinions. However, the power of factions can be made smaller through a powerful national
  • The solution is pluralism and a large republic!
  • James Madison also writes about the separate powers of each part of the government. He says that the separation is necessary so no one branch becomes too powerful.
  • Some people were against The Constitution because they believed that it gave the government too much power and will make them ignore what the people want and need.
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