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Fundamental Principles and Documents that led to the Constitution of U.S.

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson wrote what document that influenced the idea of separation of church and state and freedom of religion? Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom
Who wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights? George Mason
What did the VA Declaration of Rights influence in the U.S. Constitution? The Bill of Rights
What are unalienable rights? rights that cannot be taken away
What are the three unalienable rights? life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
There were three main parts to the Declaration of Independence, what are they? intent to be free, unalienable rights, and all equal under the law
When government officials are held to the same laws and standards as every day people, what concept is being exercised? rule of law
Who has the power in a democracy? the people
How do we give the government our consent to rule? voting
When we vote and choose people to make and carry out laws on our behalf, what principle of government are we using? representative democracy
What is the definition of limited government? the government can only do the things the people allow it to do
What was the first constitution of the United States? The Articles of Confederation
What two branches of government did the Articles of Confederation not include? Executive and Judicial
The Articles of Confederation did not give Congress the power to: tax or regulate trade
Under the Articles of Confederation, who had more power? the states
What did the charters of the Virginia Company of London guarantee the settlers? the rights of Englishmen
What did the charters of the Virginia Company of London set a precedent for in the new world? first example of representative government and consent of the governed.
What type of government did the Articles of Confederation create a weak central (national) government
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