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Background Essay Graphic Organizer: “A Glorious Liberty Document”: The U.S. Constitution and Its Principles

Background Essay Graphic Organizer

Guiding Question: How are republican principles of limited government, separation of powers, and checks and balances reflected in the U.S. Constitution?

  • I can identify the ways the Founders tried to limit the power of the government.
  • I can explain how the principles of government in the Constitution limit the power of the government.
  • I can explain how the Constitution protects liberty.

Directions: As you read, explain each of the principles reflected in the U.S. Constitution in your own words. The first has been done for you as an example.

  1. Limited Government – Government power has to be limited to prevent humans from abusing power through government.
  2. Popular Sovereignty
  3. Republican Government
  4. Separation of Powers
  5. Checks and Balances
  6. Federalism

Concluding Analysis

  1. How does the Constitution and the principles reflected in it affect your daily life? Explain your answer.
  2. In 1852, Frederick Douglass called the U.S. Constitution “a glorious liberty document.” Do you think this was an appropriate description? Why or why not?

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