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Civics Unit 2 vocab


Enumerated Powers given to the federal gov't only
Concurrent Powers Those powers shared by the national and state gov't
Execurtive Branch Branch of gov't that enforces the laws
Preamble The introduction to the constitution that states the goals for gov't
Amendment Any change to the Constitution
Seperation of Powers The idea that gov't should be divided into 3 branches to avoid abuse of power
The Charters of the VA Company Established that the rights of Englishmen would be granted to the colonists
Elastic Clause Gives Congress the power to make laws necessary and proper to carry out its duties
Reserved powers given to state gov'ts only
The Virginia Declaration of Rights Served as the model for the Bill of Rights of the U.S Constitution
Legislative Branch Branch of gov't that makes the laws
Ratification To approve. The Constitution was ratified June 1788
Declaration of Independence Established and listed the unalienable rights of all men; colonial grievances against the King; the idea of equality under the law; and the colonies' independence from Great Britian
Judical Branch The branch of gov't that interprets the laws
Articles of Confederation Established the first from of national gov't for the independent states, allowing the states to keep the major powers of gov't
Articles The 7 sections of the Constitution following the Preamble
Constitution Established structure of the present national gov't of the United States
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom Established freedom of religious beliefs and opinions, serving as the basis for the of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution
Checks and Balances A system in which each branch of gov't is able to limit the power of the other branches
Shay's Rebellion One of the final events proving the weakness of the Articles of Confederation and leading to the convection to revise the Articles
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