Liberty's Kids: A New Form of Government
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Benjamin Franklin describes to Sarah and James the new form of government envisioned by James Madison and George Washington. It has three branches of government: judicial, executive, and legislative. Ben Franklin explains the power that each branch yields and discusses the debate among the delegates about the number of representatives held by each state.

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  1. How many branches would the proposed government have?
  2. Why have a system of checks and balances?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify and explain the basic functions of the three branches of government
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze how the U.S. Constitution reflects the principles of limited government, republicanism, chec...

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