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Chap. 6 Constitution

Constitution Review

TermDefinition
John Locke *Enlightenment Thinker *Natural Rights *Consent of the governed *Influenced the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
Natural Rights *Rights that you are born with *Government is supposed to protect them *They cannot be taken away
Consent of the Governed *Government exists because people let it *The people are the source of a government's power *Popular sovereignty
Montesquieu *Enlightenment thinker *Separation of powers * Influenced the structure of our government in the Constitution
Separation of Power *Setting the government up with 3 branches: legislative, executive and judicial *This was done so no one person or group gets too powerful and takes the people's rights away
Mayflower Compact *Signed by the Pilgrims *Set the prescedent for self-government in the colonies
Articles of Confederation *Document that created the first gov't of the United States *Used through the American Revolution *Created a federal government that was too weak, so it needed to be replaced
Civil Rights *Rights that are given to you by your gov't *Unlike natural rights, they can be limited or taken away by the gov't that gives them to you.
Federalism *Political system in which there is a national(or federal) gov't over the whole country and state gov'ts beneath that.
Created by: ltrudeau