Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Our Views ; Is Constitution under Threat 227 Years Later?

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Our Views ; Is Constitution under Threat 227 Years Later?

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It was a long process for the young nation to develop a framework of government. Colonists knew they wanted to break away from the tyranny of the English monarchy, and to emphasize individual freedoms. They started first with the Articles of Confederation, ratified in 1781, which established a legislative branch responsible for governing foreign affairs, conducting war and regulating currency. That document did not, however, establish an executive or judicial branch, rendering government too weak.

After America won independence, it became obvious a stronger framework was needed. A Confederation Congress met in February 1787 to begin laying the foundation for what became the U.S. Constitution.

The framers of the Constitution eventually agreed to establish three co-equal branches of government and a system of checks and balances that would prevent one branch from becoming too powerful. …

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