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What is the Executive Branch?

These resources explain what the executive branch is. Use these resources to help students understand which political offices and agencies are part of the executive branch, their powers, and the concerns about executive power that the Framers had to address when creating this branch of government. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • What are some of the defining characteristics of executive powers? Why do these powers fulfill a need not addressed by the legislative branch?
  • How did the absence of an executive under the articles of confederation become apparent and lead to the creation of a new constitution?


  1. Overview: What is the Executive Branch?
  2. Visuals: What is the Executive Branch? (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Transcripts: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Role and Scope of the Executive Branch
  7. Lesson: 2-The Office of the President
  8. Lesson: 3-Power and Role of the President
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Reference Articles: Federal Employees, Oversight of
  11. Reference Articles: Bureaucracy
  12. Reference Articles: Presidency: Powers
  13. Reference Articles: Separation of Powers
  14. Political, Government & Court Documents: Articles of Confederation (1781)
  15. Political, Government & Court Documents: Federalist, The, No. 69 (1788)
  16. Political, Government & Court Documents: Federalist, The, No. 70 (1788)
  17. Political, Government & Court Documents: U.S. Constitution (1787)

MLA Citation

"What Is the Executive Branch?" History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2156124?cid=256. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

Entry ID: 2156124

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