How was the Constitution different from the British system of government? 

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The Constitution was different from the British system of government in several ways. One way it was different is that the British have a King or Queen that isn’t elected. This person inherits the position. In our country, we have no person who inherits any government position. We elect our government leaders.

Another difference is that we have three branches of government. Each branch has a different job or responsibility. No branch of government could do everything by itself. Each branch also has the ability to control the other branches. There are no checks and balances on the King or Queen.

In our government, we emphasize that our government gets its powers from the people. The role of our government is to protect the rights of the people. The King or Queen doesn’t get his or her power from the people.

There are several ways our system under the Constitution differs from the British system of government.

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