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Explore the history and importance of the separation of powers in this episode from Founding Principles: American Governance in Action, a civics video series produced by Bowdoin College. Through a study of foundational documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and The Federalist Papers, students learn how the separation of powers became a key principle in the shaping of American government and politics.
Support materials include a breakdown of enduring understandings, an overview of content, a list of covered foundational documents and Supreme Court cases, ideas for extending learning, suggested classroom activities, related vocabulary words, and a student viewing guide with comprehension and critical thinking questions. For more resources from Founding Principles, check out the collection page.
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