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Chapter 3 Vocab

Constitution a detailed , written plan for government
Bicameral A legislature consisting of two parts , or houses
Confederation A group of individuals or state governments
Ratify To vote approval of
Constitutional Convention Meeting of state delegates in 1787 leading to adoption of new Constitution
Great Compromise Agreement providing a dual system of congressional representation.
Three-Fifth Compromise Agreement providing that enslaved person would count as three-fifths of other persons in determining representation in Congress
Electoral College A group of people named by each state legislature to select the president and vice president
Federalists Supporters of the Constitution
Federalism A form of government in which power is divided between the federal , or national , government and the states
Anti-Federalists Those who opposed ratification of the Constitution
Preamble An introduction that states the goals and purpose of the government
Legislative Branch A law making branch of government
Executive Branch The branch of government that carries out law
Judicial Branch The branch of government that interprets laws
Amendment Any change in the Constitution
Popular Sovereignty The nation that powers lies with the people
Rule of Law Principle that the law applies to every-one , even those who govern
Separation of powers The split of authority among the legislative , executive , and judicial branches
Checks and balanced The account in which deposited money can be withdrawn at any time y writing a check
Expressed powers Powers that Congress has that are specifically listed in the Constitution
Reserved powers Power that the Constitution does not give to the national government that are kept by the states
Concurrent Power Powers shared by the states and federal government
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