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The America

The Beginning of the USA

TermDefinition
James Madison our fourth President who was in office during the War of 1812
Thomas Jefferson a President who was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase and Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
George Washington a President who was leader of the Continental Congress
James Monroe a President who warned European nations not to interfere in Latin America
John Adams a President who had the two-party system emerge when he was in office
Senate House of Representatives
Congress the name of the United States’ legislature
Monroe Doctrine a document written by a President that warned European nations not to interfere with Latin America
George Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights
Benjamin Banneker an astronomer and surveyor who helped complete the design for Washington D.C.
Articles of Confederation our first constitution which failed because of a weak national government, Congress having no power to tax, no common currency, no executive or judicial branches, and giving each state one vote regardless of size
Constitutional Convention meeting in which state delegates met in Philadelphia and decided not to revise the Articles of Confederation, but to write a new constitution
Legislative Branch the branch of government responsible for making laws
Judicial Branch the branch of government responsible for interpreting the law to ensure it is constitutional
Executive Branch the branch of government responsible for enforcing or carrying out the law
Federalism a system of government in which power is shared between the states and national governments
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom this was written by Thomas Jefferson and guaranteed religious freedoms
Louisiana Purchase bought from France and more than doubled the size of the United States
Great Compromise decided the issue of votes each state would have in the Senate and House of Representatives
Delegate a general term that is used when talking about a representative sent to engage in government business
Ratify to approve or vote in favor of
Amendment A change in the Constitution
Virginia Declaration of Rights this was written by George Mason and was a model for the Bill of Rights
Bill of Rights the first ten amendments to the Constitution that guarantee our basic freedoms such as speech, press, assembly, religion, petition, and right to bear arms
War of 1812 this conflict caused European nations to have respect for the United States
U.S. Constitution The supreme law of the United States that states the structure and function of the United States government and divides powers between the state and national governments
Created by: Punch007