Essay On The Separation Of Power Dbq

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When the colonists were still with Great Britain, King George III misused his power. As a result, colonists wrote the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, to the king, to state their separation from Great Britain, to form a new country, the United States of America. After creating a new country, Americans wrote the Articles of Confederation in the year 1777, which they purposely weakened central government, so the abuse of power, wouldn’t exist. This meant the states had all the power. Although this structure of government seemed great, the creators of the Articles quickly realized that with no central government, states weren’t united because they were busy on increasing the growth of only their state. To fix the Articles of Confederation,…show more content…
Like Document A, Document B was written by James Madison. He writes of how government is split, and how one can avoid tyranny in government. In Federalist Paper #47 it reads, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the hands, whether of one, few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may be justly pronounced the very definition of tyranny….(L)iberty requires that the three great departments of power should be separate and distinct.” The three branches, legislative, executive, and judicial, is said to eliminate any form of tyranny. It lives up to its name because a tyrant is someone that has all power, and takes advantage of it in a negative way. If one separates these powers into three categories, it would fix the problem of a tyrant, hence why there’s a legislative, executive, and judicial branch. Each of the branches do the following: The legislative branch creates the laws, the executive branch enforces the laws, and the executive branch interprets the laws. If a person or a group of people controlled 2 of the 3 branches, they would already have too much power, which is why 3 separate branches are needed to maintain justice in the national
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