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WSHS C/E Chap 3

WSHS - 2nd Period - C/E - Chapter 3 Terms - Boyd/Tedder

Bicameral a legislature that is divided into two houses or parts
Ratify to approve
Constitution where the basic principles and laws of a nation are outlined
Confederation a group of individuals who band together for a common purpose
Great Compromise the document that resolved the disagreement among delegates on how to set up Congress
Constitutional Convention where the Congressional delegates met to write a new constitution in 1787, in Philadelphia
Electoral college a group of people who help to select the president and the vice president
Antifederalists a group that felt the Constitution gave too much power to the national government
Federalism when power is divided between the national government and the states
Three/fifths compromise the agreement that outlined the representation that enslaved persons would have in government
Federalists people who supported the Constitution proposed in 1787
Amendment a change to the Constitution
Preamble the Constitution’s opening section
Executive branch the branch headed by the government
Legislative branch the branch that includes Congress, which is the lawmaking authority
Judicial branch the part of government that interprets laws and sees that they are applied fairly
Rule of law limits government so it says that a law applies to everyone, even those who govern
Checks and balances a system that oversees that the branches of government prevent one another from using too much power
Reserved powers powers given to the states, that includes regulating trade within state boarders and establishing schools
Separation of powers the split of authority among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches
Concurrent powers powers that may be exercised by both state and national governments
Expressed powers powers known as enumerated powers that are specifically granted to the national government
Popular sovereignty the belief that government is created by and subject to the will of the people and is strongly supported in the Declaration of Independence
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