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Our National Government
By Phyllis Naegeli
  

1     For many years, a king ruled America. His name was George. He lived in England. After fighting a big war, George needed money. He started to tax America. The people were very mad. They did not want to pay money to England. If they had to pay, however, they wanted a part in the English government. The king wouldn't listen to them. So, they fought for their freedom. And they won!
 
2     America became a new country. There were thirteen states in America. The people needed a government that would be fair. It also needed to unite them as a free country. The states had fought hard to be free. They wanted to stay free. Many did not want a strong government to rule over the states.
 
3     In 1781, a group of men met in Philadelphia to plan a new government. The first time they set up a plan, the government was weak. America discovered many problems with the government. It could make laws, but it could not make the people obey them. Everyone knew that the government had to be changed. The states sent men to another meeting. This time they knew they needed a strong government. But, they also knew the states needed to have rights.
 
4     They talked a lot about what to do. Some states were small. They wanted to be sure that they had an equal voice in the new government. The big states wanted to be sure that all of their people would be heard too. The men who were meeting debated and argued. Finally, they decided how to set up the government. The new government would have three sections called branches.
 
5     The first branch they planned was the legislative branch. They called it the Congress and divided it into two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Senate made the small states happy. Each state would have two senators. The House made the larger states happy. Population would decide how many people would serve each state in the House.

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