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The American Republic

State governments had similarities

Legislative branch made the laws.

Judicial branch interpreted the laws.

Executive branch (the governor) carried out the laws.

Remembering the powerful royal governors, the states chose to limit the governor’s power.

The elected legislatures held more power.

Republicanism

Americans wanted a republic, a political system without a monarch. It would rule “with the consent of the governed.

Ideal of republicanism was that property-owning citizens would be active in government

In reality, women, African Americans, Native Americans, and poor white laborers seldom owned property or took part in government.

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