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The Three Branches of Government - Chapter Summary
The overall purpose of this chapter is to expose you to the development of the three branches of American government, as well as to expound upon the theory of a separation of powers. With a lesson devoted to each of the three branches, they will all be detailed thoroughly, with attention given to their responsibilities, powers, and functions.
As you progress through the lessons, you will have opportunities to learn more about the government of the United States, including the:
- Definitions and roles of executive, legal, and judicial branches of government
- History of the evolution of the governmental branches
- Idea and practice of separation of powers in the United States
- Process of adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution
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1. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial
In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.
2. Executive Branch of Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Power
The executive branch of government is responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States. Learn more about the executive branch, its responsibilities, and the extent of its power. Afterward, take a short quiz to check your understanding of the executive branch.
3. Legislative Branch of Government: Definition, Power & Function
Define the legislative branch of government, understand the various powers that the branch possesses, and learn about its important function in creating legislation in this lesson.
4. Judicial Branch of Government: Definition, Role & Power
In this lesson we examine the judicial branch of the government, including the Supreme Court and its power of judicial review. You will learn how the Supreme Court can rule laws unconstitutional.
5. How the U.S. Government Evolved Over Time
The United States government has three branches, but the power of these branches has changed over time. In this lesson, we'll explore the history of American government and the relationship between these three branches.
6. Separation of Powers: Definition & Examples
Separation of powers is the distribution of political authority within a government. Learn more about how separation of power works in the United States, then check your understanding of this topic with a quiz.
7. The Process of Amending the Constitution
Amending the United States Constitution is a complicated process. It's only been accomplished 27 times. This lesson outlines the process by which the U.S. Constitution can be amended.
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