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creating constitutio

Constitutional Convention meeting held in Philadelphia to create a new constitution
James Madison a leading convention delegate from Virginia
Virginia Plan a plan giving supreme power to the central government and creating a bicameral legislature made of two groups, or houses, of representatives
New Jersey Plan a plan creating a unicameral, or one-house, legislature
Great Compromise an agreement that gave each state one vote in the upper house of the legislature and a number of representatives based on its population in the lower house
Three-Fifths Compromise only three-fifths of a state’s slaves were counted when deciding representation in Congress
popular sovereignty the idea that political power belongs to the people
federalism the sharing of power between a central government and the states
legislative branch a Congress of two houses that proposes and passes laws
executive branch the president and the departments that help run the government
judicial branch a system of all the national courts
checks and balances a system that keeps any branch of government from becoming too powerful
Created by: mohamedelhussien