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Chapter 12

Vocabulary

TermDefinition
unicameral one-house legislature
bicameral a legislature consisting of two parts, or houses
federal system the sharing of power between the central and state governments
preamble the opening section of the constitution
popular sovereignty the notion that power lies with the people
checks and balances a system in which each branch of government is able to check, or restrain, the power of others
amend to change something in the constution
suffrage the right to vote
segregation social separation of the races
civil rights rights of full citizenship and equality under law
boycott refusal to purchase certain goods
separation of powers split of authority among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches