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Advanced Placement U.S. History is designed to provide students with the skills & understandings necessary to deal critically with the problems & materials in United States history.
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This month marks the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. The document, which serves as the supreme law of the United States, was signed in 1787 by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, presided over by George Washington. It established the federal government with three branches–executive, legislative and judicial–along with a system of checks and balances to ensure no single branch would have too much power.
As the debate over the Constitution grew, Celebrated statesmen Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay weighed in with a series of essays under the pseudonym “Publius,” arguing that the proposed system would preserve the Union and empower the federal government to act firmly and coherently in the national interest.
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