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United States constitution Vocab

Constitution A document presenting a plan of government.
Constitutional Convention Meeting held in 1787 to consider changes to the Articles of Confederation and resulted in the drafting of the Constitution.
Bill of Rights The first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution, listing all the essential freedoms guaranteed to all citizens.
Amendment An alteration or written change to a document.
Bicameral Two houses of the legislative branch of government.
Preamble The first part, or introduction, of a document.
Checks and balances System set up in the Constitution where each branch of the government has some authority over the other.
Federalism System of government in which power is shared among the national and state government.
Separation of powers The division of power among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
Legislative branch The branch of government that makes the laws.
Executive branch The branch of government that enforces and carries out laws.
Judicial branch The branch of government that interprets laws.
Duties Tasks citizens are required to do.
Responsibilities Tasks citizens should do.
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