The Constitution: Rules for Running a Country

Separation of Powers

By now, you probably can’t wait to dive in and learn about the Constitution! Before you do, you should know this:

The Constitution was carefully designed to divide the powers of government and put them into different hands.

Why this “separation of powers”? Because the early Americans knew that too much power in one place can lead to all kinds of trouble—and even threaten people’s freedom!

Follow the link to read about separation of powers. Then, answer the questions below.

Response Question: 
  1. What were the Framers afraid of?
  2. What did they create in order to prevent that?
  3. What do you think would happen if one group of people got to make laws, enforce them, decide what the laws mean, AND judge whether someone had broken a law?
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