The Three Branches of Government

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Why we separate the government into three branches.

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  • The Three Branches of Government
  • Creating a monster?
  • Baron de Montesquieu
  • I recommend dividing the government into legislative, executive, and judicial branches!
  • When creating the Constitution, our Founding Fathers worried about creating a strong central government.
  • The Legislative Branch
  • If they created a government with a chief executive, what would stop him from becoming a king?
  • French philosopher Baron de Montesquieu believed that government should be divided into separate branches in order to prevent any one branch of government from becoming too powerful.
  • The legislative branch makes laws. In the U.S. government we have two houses of Congress: the Senate and the House of Representatives.
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