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Thoughts on Government by John Adams

In January 1776, a point overlooked in history, it was John Adams who outlined the fundamental constitutional model later adopted by the United States in 1789, with three separate branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. The legislature would have two distinct bodies (only one elected by the people), the judiciary would be independent, while the whole system would have checks and balances. He dubbed it the “republican model” or “a government of laws, not of men.” Steve Farrell

Thoughts on Government, by John Adams—1776

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS, 1776 Editor's Introduction: In January 1776, six months prior to the writing of the Declaration of Independence and eleven years...