Thematic Essay U.S Constitution

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Based on a number of important principles the U.S Constitution aimed for prevention of the abuse of power. The people did want the government have too much power. Americans were afraid of their rights not being protected. These principles were according to which state or organization is governed. These principles are written down in different documents which go in the constitution.

There were many principles from the U.S constitution. One of them is federalism, federalism in the U.S constitution was divided power between the central governments and states. Federalism is a system based on democratic rules and institutions in which the power to govern is shared between national and state governments, creating a federation. The constitution came up with amendments and the Tenth Amendment specifically is made for those powers not to be delegated to the United States by the Constitution. The national and state government has different powers. Some of the examples that the national government does is they have provide an army and navy also make treaties and conduct foreign policies, they make laws that are needed to start these powers and etc. The state government is different, they conduct elections, establish local governments, use powers the constitution doesn’t pass on to the national government or that the state doesn’t use. They also did share powers like collecting taxes, built roads, established courts, and many more. Both governments didn’t allow discrimination and provided equal protection for everyone. The Bill of Rights controlled only the federal government. The states, because of this could offer or choose not to offer the protections by the first ten amendments. After the Civil War the federal government fixed that the southern states shouldn’t be allowed without guarantees. The states that had succeeded had to guarantee black suffrage and the running of the Fourteenth Amendment which was equal protection in their new state constitutions before they...
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