Why Did The Constitution Draw Up With The Idea Of Checks And Balances

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The Constitution was written in 1776. The reason why the Constitution was written is that the Founding Fathers did not like how the Articles of Confederation was going. They decided to reorganize the Articles of Confederation into a new document. So in July, they set up a convention and they agreed and disagreed about many things. Overall though, they were able to finally draw up the United States Constitution. The United States Constitution allowed there to be a separation of power in the federal government and between the federal government and the states. This is called checks and balances. The person who came up with the idea of checks and balances was Baron de Montesquieu. Montesquieu thought that a government should be separated into little sections so that it won't become corrupt and enslave its citizens to the law. He said that the government is there to serve the people not the other way around. So the Founding Fathers took his idea and put it into action. They separated the federal government into three different branches: the Legislative Branch, the Judicial Branch, and the Executive Branch. These three branches are…show more content…
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