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Origins of the American constitution A haven for refugees (17-18th Century):

Economic freedom o Particularly from Britain due to Monarchy and strict social controls
 Escaping from privilege by birth right o America offered hard work, ability, ambition and free land
 Able to shift social classes Religious freedom o Fleeing from the catholic church in Britain o Protestants wanted to practice their faith free from persecution o Religious tolerance and freedom

Fighting for freedom:

By 1700, there were 13 colonies o All had an executive branch - a governor approved by British Monarch o Legislative branch - bicameral with upper and lower house o Colonies all had a different constitution (remains the same today) But British Parliament could pass and impose laws without consultation

Each state:


Variations in how each state was governed Distinctive lifestyles and cultures - start of federalism o Southern states built on slave trade, farming tobacco and cotton Common principles o Minimal government interference in commerce o Each state had separate identities o Regular elections showing people power in the political system o Belief that no one person should have too much power - fear of monarchy o Clearly defined separation of powers o Each branch responsible for checking and balancing other branches

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