This clip describes the separation of powers in the United States government. The three branches of the government are the Executive branch, the Legislative branch, and the Judicial branch. Each branch performs checks on the other to ensure that no one branch becomes more powerful than the other two.
Benjamin Franklin describes to Sarah and James the new form of government envisioned by James Madison and George Washington. It has three branches of government: judicial, executive, and legislative. Ben Franklin explains the power that each branch yields and discusses the debate among the delegates about the number of representatives held by each state.