The U.S. Constitution stipulated a government that would include “a separation of powers.” This mandate, often referred to as a system of “checks and balances,” forms the basis of the U.S. government. Although the executive, legislative and judicial branches share power, they each have specific purposes and unique duties. This U.S. Government Web Guide explores the history and contemporary responsibility of each branch of the American government, providing information about the role of the President and the cabinet, the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the Supreme Court.
The Executive Branch: The President and the Cabinet
The U.S. executive branch is made up of two essential components: the president and the Cabinet he ... read more »
The Legislative Branch: Congress
The U.S. Congress is the legislative branch of the federal government, responsible for making laws. ... read more »
The Judicial Branch: the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is the highest form of judicial authority in the United States. Only nine justices are given responsibility over the monumental judgments of the court, which handles matters of constitutional and federal law. Each vote is extremely influential in the structure and application of the American judicial system. Use the findingDulcinea Web Guide to the Supreme Court to further understand the role of the Supreme Court, its history, and its current operations.