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Most Americans remembered and feared the harsh rule of the British king It was cruel and unjust government So after the war the Articles of Confederation made it clear that the new governments power should not only be strong but limited It would prevent one man or one group from getting too much power After the war the people saw a need for a strong national government At the same time they did not want to take away all power from the states This problem was solved by creating Federalism which means that power is divided between the national government and the state governments The people have the power to elect national and state officials The national government has the power to deal with national issues The states have the power over many local matters As written in the Costitution only the federal government can coin money or declare a war Also it can regulate trade between states and with other countries However the states have the power over local governments and schools to regulate trade within their borders and they can decide who votes in state elections Also the Constitution says that powers not given to the federal government belong to the states This happened to be a very useful law for the small states which fear federal government Concurr ent powers are shared by federal government and the states It means that both can raise taxes set up a system of courts and the power to pass laws In case of any dissagreements between federal government and the states the Constitution is the final authority Also to keep the government from becoming too powerful the people came up with a new system called separation of powers It meant creating three branches of govermnemt Each branch would have its own power The first branch is called Legislative Congress It is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate Under the Constitution
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