The Branches of U.S. Government

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Read about the three branches of the U.S. government and find out how they work together to shape our country today. Inside you will find out:

Why the founding fathers believed that the U.S. government should have three separate branches;

Which powers and responsibilities arc held by each branch;

And how a system of checks and balances prevents one branch from taking over the...

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Overview

Read about the three branches of the U.S. government and find out how they work together to shape our country today. Inside you will find out:

Why the founding fathers believed that the U.S. government should have three separate branches;

Which powers and responsibilities arc held by each branch;

And how a system of checks and balances prevents one branch from taking over the entire government.

Cornerstones of Freedomâ„¢ brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history with engaging text, primary source materials, historical photographs, maps, and timelines.

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The government of the United States seems to be an unshakeable aspect of the world political scene. Yet, for students of political science, it is a well-known fact that this seemingly unchanging form of governance evolved over time and continues to be work in progress. In this volume of the illustrated "Cornerstones of Freedom" series, readers are provided a detailed look back at the origins of the American governmental structures. A pivotal part of both those structures and the narrative of this informative book is the system of checks and balances that allow the three main branches of government to coalesce. As author Burgan points out in this thoughtful book, the balancing act that combines the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the American government allows for an ebb and flow of power and decision making. It is in this balance of authority that the strength of this form of governance exists. As Burgan notes, in the three tiered American democracy, justices, legislators, and the President all must combine their efforts over time to allow for reasonable compromise to occur. Although the polarizing influences of opposing political parties can certainly make this balance appear inert at times, as Burgan shows his readers in this fine little book, there remains a hope for reasonableness due to the very structure of the government.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531265536
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Cornerstones of Freedom, Third Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 458,610
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Setting the Scene: Meeting in Philadelphia 6

Chapter 1 Creating a New Government 8

Chapter 2 The Legislative Branch 16

Chapter 3 The Executive Branch 26

Chapter 4 The Judicial Branch 34

Chapter 5 Balancing the Branches 42

Map of the Events: What Happened Where? 52

The Story continuous: The Branches Today 54

Influential Individuals 56

Time line 58

Living History 60

Resources 61

Glossary 62

Index 63

About the author 64

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