President Roosevelt and the Constitution
Directions: As you read the Background Essay, identify issues in which President Theodore Roosevelt used the “bully pulpit.” Then analyze the Constitution to find where, if anywhere, the President gets the power to act as Roosevelt conducted himself. Finally, fill in the third column with your opinion about how this action may have transformed the presidency.
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The Constitution was written in the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by delegates from 12 states, in order to replace the Articles of Confederation with a new form of government. It created a federal system with a national government composed of 3 separated powers, and included both reserved and concurrent powers of states.