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        A Case for the Separation of Powers

        In this video segment adapted from American Experience, historians examine how John Adams advocated for a separation of powers when he wrote the Massachusetts Constitution in 1779. Adams called for a strong executive branch, two legislative branches, and an independent judiciary branch. This state constitution became the model upon which the federal constitution was based.

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