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Creating a National Government - 2

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Thomas Jefferson’s Drafts and...
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Thomas Jefferson’s Drafts and Notes on the Virginia Constitution, June 1776

In drafting the Virginia Constitution, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason and James Madison expressed key ideas about the balance of power and the structure of government that were later incorporated into the U.S. Constitution. Among them were a bicameral legislature and three branches of government, each with their own functions.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress