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    A. What were the reasons our forefathers divided the government into the legislative, judicial, and presidential branches?
    b. How are the three branches of U.S. Government supposed to interact?
    c. Is the system successful? Why or why not? Are the branches balanced in power? Why or why not?
    d. How was the conflict between supporters of a strong federal government and champions of states' rights characterized then as opposed to now?
    e. How could things have been designed more efficiently, if at all?

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    Find Websites about Founding Fathers
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    When looking at websites, you should remember that the authors often come from different viewpoints. Also, many websites require no credibility in research so statements can be made that have no basis in reality.

    Overall, the best thing to read regarding what made the Founders create government the way they did is The Federalist Papers, written by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison under the pen name of Publius.

    Suggested website list:
    ? Here's a good site on the Founders, specifically this page which allows you to access the entire Federalist Papers.
    o http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/

    That said, here's a breakdown of each point in your query.

    a. The Founders created three separate branches of government based on a fundamental belief in the separation of powers. The name most often connected to this doctrine is a Frenchman of the Enlightenment names Montesquieu. If you search for "separation of powers," you'll find a ton of websites. The trick is to ...

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    The solution provides web-guidance for research towards the provision of information in relation to the topic of the American Founding Fathers, US government system and how it is run.