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The Main Concepts of the US ConstitutionSamantha DizeGOVT 421 - American Constitutional HistoryOctober 2, 2017
2The Articles of Confederation were created for the initial thirteen states to governthemselves after breaking away from the rule of Great Britain. These set of rules lasted for acouple years, but once the people figured out they needed a stronger centralized government theydecided a revision was necessary. What the people did not know is the founders would write awhole new set of rules and regulations that would govern the people called the United StatesConstitution. The United States Constitution to this day continues to govern America, and thepeople who live in it. The main principles of the US Constitution are federalism, separation ofpowers, and the rule of law. FederalismFirst, federalism is defined as the division of power between the states and nationalgovernment. This concept first started in America, and has continued to grow and expandthroughout the years. Many states fought over having a strong national government because theydidn't want the smaller, and less populated states to be ignored or forgot about. So, the foundingfathers created a government system called federalism where the political authority is dividedand each system is independent of one another but they also work side by side. "The Americanfederal union is neither a centralized political structure nor a mere league of independent states"1.Federalism makes it possible for the states to handle their own affairs and problems withouthaving to involve the hierarchy. Each State has their own set of rules and regulations each