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Social Studies

Flynn Social Studies My World Chapter 6 Vocabulary

Articles of Confederation the first plan for government of the United States
legislative the branch of government that makes laws; the U.S. Congress
judicial the branch of government that interprets the laws; the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts
executive the branch of government that carries out the laws; the U.S. President and his or her administration
ratify to approve
inflation a steady rise in prices that occurs as money loses value and things cost more
ordinance a law
delegate a representative
constitution a written plan for government that describes the principles and organization of a nation
compromise an agreement reached by having both sides give up some demands
Preamble the introduction to the Constitution of the United States of America
separation of powers the plan to divide the powers and duties of government into separate branches
checks and balances the separation of powers in a democracy that gives each branch of government some form of authority over the others
veto to refuse to approve something
Federalist a person who supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution
Anti-Federalist a person who opposed the passage of the U.S. Constitution
Bill of Rights Amendments to the U.S. Constitution that protect citizens' basic rights
amendment a change or improvement
due process a citizen's right to fair treatment through the judicial system
popular sovereignty the idea that the power of government comes from the consent of the people
democracy a government in which citizens have the power to make political decisions
civic responsibility the duties related to being a citizen
rule of law the principle that the law applies to everyone, equally
judicial review the power of the courts to decide whether actions are lawful
Created by: bflynn