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Constitutional Issues: Separation of Powers

The National Archives website features a lesson plan about the separation of powers on a federal and state level that revolves around a history of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s court packing during the 1930s. It includes background information on the time period, as well as a primary source document in which a newspaper publisher warns that FDR’s actions may lead to “absolutism and complete dictatorial power.” The website also features a document analysis worksheet and teaching activities.

How to Cite This Source

National Archives and Records Administration, "Constitutional Issues: Separation of Powers," in Virginia Civics, Item #282, http://vagovernmentmatters.org/items/show/282 (accessed September 19, 2017).