A Strong National Government Is Not An Ideal Outcome For Most Americans

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A strong national government was not an ideal outcome for most Americans in the early ninetieth century. In fact, a lot of people were scared that they would have a strong national government because they just fought for freedom from that type of government. Many guidelines were put into place to limit the power of the national government by the constitution, but that did not stop the national government from expanding its power very rapidly almost immediately after being formed. The national government was not always so powerful but with time it became much more powerful and a lot of that power came from the early nineteenth century. The judicial branch had a lot of expanding of powers to do if they were going to be able to do anything to help check the other branches. Luckily for them, they did just that in the early nineteenth century. In the beginning, they really only had the power to form the court system and they were kind of separated from the rest of the branches unless they broke a law or they wanted to impeach a president. This changed for them while Jefferson was in office, the supreme court had a large court battle called Marbury v. Madison. In the end of this court case, it was decided that an act was unconstitutional (Presidential Key Events). With that ruling the court had just given themselves the huge power of being able to rule acts unconstitutional and have them be taken away. That power is the judicial branch’s greatest and most powerful power that…

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