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Founding Documents

United States Constitution The world’s longest surviving written contract of government, this document was written in 1787 and is the highest law of the United States of America.
Federalist Papers A series of 85 essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay in the late 1780s to persuade the voters of New York to adopt the Constitution.
State Government A government modeled after the federal government, but with more power to interpret, create, and execute laws at the state level.
Preamble The opening statement to the United States Constitution which explains why the government is centered on the people and what guiding theories led to the creation of the new government and the Constitution.
Great Compromise A negotiation adopted at the Constitutional Convention, providing the states with equal representation in the Senate and representation in the House of Representatives based on population.
Bill of Rights The first ten amendments in the U.S. Constitution, these statements define the rights and freedoms belonging to citizens of the United States.
Federalist A person who favors a strong national government, and a supporter of the U.S. Constitution.
Ratify To make a document or a law officially valid
Constitutional Articles 1-3 These parts of the Constitution provide for a separation of power by establishing the three branches of U.S federal government: the legislative, judicial, and executive branch.
Anti-Federalist A person who does not want a strong national government, for fear of the government becoming too strong and taking away the rights of the citizens; someone who was opposed to the U.S. Constitution.
Federal Government A government with strong central power
Created by: JenBeckler