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The Main Concepts of the US Constitution Samantha Dize GOVT 421 - American Constitutional History October 2, 2017
2 The Articles of Confederation were created for the initial thirteen states to govern themselves after breaking away from the rule of Great Britain. These set of rules lasted for a couple years, but once the people figured out they needed a stronger centralized government they decided a revision was necessary. What the people did not know is the founders would write a whole new set of rules and regulations that would govern the people called the United States Constitution. The United States Constitution to this day continues to govern America, and the people who live in it. The main principles of the US Constitution are federalism, separation of powers, and the rule of law. Federalism First, federalism is defined as the division of power between the states and national government. This concept first started in America, and has continued to grow and expand throughout the years. Many states fought over having a strong national government because they didn't want the smaller, and less populated states to be ignored or forgot about. So, the founding fathers created a government system called federalism where the political authority is divided and each system is independent of one another but they also work side by side. "The American federal 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 without having to involve the hierarchy. Each State has their own set of rules and regulations each

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