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Civis Mid-Term

civics the study of the rights and duties of citizens
needs requirements for survival such as food water clothing and shelter
bicameral a legislature consisting of two parts or houses
fifth amendment states that people may not be required to incriminate themselves
treason the only crime defined by the Constitution
where the president works and lives white house
our inalienable rights our "inalienable rights" are "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness
rule of law legal principle that law should govern a nation
scarcity not having enough resources to produce all of the things we would like to have
determined by the total number of u.s senators and representatives how many electoral votes a state has
stare decisis the process of using earlier judicial rulings as a basis for deciding cases
common law a system of law based on precedent and customs
census he population count taken every 10 years
electoal college a group of people named by each state legislature to select the president and vice president
the stamp act was repealed because of this act the boycott of British goods; the Boston Tea Party
bill of rights the first 10 amendments to the Constitution
house of burgesses marked the beginning of self-government in colonial America
naturalization a legal process to obtain citizenship
the line of succession the Vice President is nearest to the front of the line succession
the presidents most important role Chief Executive
federalism a form of government in which power is divided between the federal or national government and the states
economics the study of how individuals and nations make choices about ways to use scarce resources to fulfill their needs and wants
responsibilities things we are required to do as citizens
civil rights the rights of full citizenship and equality under the law
people who select the president and vice president Electoral College; an indirect method we use
Created by: C_shelby