Tyranny Dbq

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“The accumulation of all powers..in the same hands, whether of one or many (is) the very definition of tyranny.” (James Madison, Federalist Paper #47, 1788) ( Background Essay) This quote explains the reasoning for one of the framers, (B) Separation of Powers. The framers of the constitution were created to prevent tyranny and create a stronger government that would hold the nation together. Tyranny ultimately means harsh, absolute power in the hands of one individual-- like a king or dictator. The constitution guarded against tyranny in 4 ways: (A)Federalism, (B)Separation of Powers, (C)Checks & Balances, and (D)Small State-Large State. First of all, Federalism in the constitution helps guard against tyranny.“The different governments will…show more content…
“The constant aim is to divide and arrange the several offices in such a manner as that they may be a check in the other.” (Federalist Paper #51) (Doc C) The branches had some control of each other, so they can’t overpower each other. This helped balance the power so one branch doesn’t become an overpowered beast compared to the other branches. Finally, the Small State-Large State Compromise is a framer of the constitution that helps guard against tyranny.“Representatives shall be appointed according to the population.” “The Senate of the the United States shall be composed to two senators from each state.” (Constitution of the United States of America, 1787) (Doc D) Each state had equal representation, yet the larger states had the representation the amount of people living in the state. So to speak, it would balance out the powers between Small States and Large States. (A)Federalism, (B)Separation of Powers, (C)Checks and Balances, and (D)Small States-Large States are all the ways the framers of the constitution guarded against tyranny. Separation of Powers is one of the most important framers of the constitution because it helped separate all the branches to lead to liberty for our
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