Constitutional history

Constitutional history

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  • Dad, is it bad that we live in Washington D.C and I don't even know the difference between the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence
  • Not at all son, the Declaration was what separated the US from Britain while the Articles established a national government for the US
  • But How did they do that if nobody got along?
  • They had a lot of debates and meetings. 
  • For example, at the constitutional convention they met up to improve the AOF. Another good compromise the came up with was the Great Compromise
  • What was the Great Compromise about? 
  • The New Jersey Plan(small states) was for a unicameral legislature while the Virginia plan(big states)  was for a bicameral legislature. 
  • The Great Compromise was between large and small states. 
  • The 3/5 Compromise was also another important compromise. It ruled that slaves counted as 3/5 of a person when counted by the government. 
  • So...... did the president just get to decide all this on his own?
  • No, they had 3 branches of government that decided it. This was known as Separation of Powers. They had Checks & Balances which made sure each branch had equal power. 
  • Three branches? Like on a tree?
  • Haha kind of. The three branches all spread out to make the government. There is the Legislative which makes laws, the Judicial which interprets laws, and the Executive which enforces the laws
  • I thought Republicans and Democrats spread out the government
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