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Vocab and People

Preamble Introduction to the Constitution
Convention meeting
Bicameral 2 house legislature; Congress has the Senate and the House of Representatives
Republic a form of government in which the people select representatives to govern them and make laws
Compromise a settlement in which each side gives up some of its demands in order to reach an agreement
Veto to reject
Execute (as, a power) branch of government that enforces the laws
Electoral college representatives of each state who cast the final ballots that actually elects a president
Elastic clause a clause that allows Congress to stretch the use of its powers to create laws that are necessary and proper
Article one of several main parts of the Constitution
Constitutional Convention Convention that met in Philadelphia in 1787 and drafted the Constitution of the US
George Washington president of the Constitutional Convention
George Mason leader of the anti-federalists who opposed the ratification of the Constitution
James Madison father of the Constitution; leading federalist; author of the Bill of Rights
Charles de Montesquieu French Enlightenment thinker; believed separation of powers and having 3 branches of government
John Locke British Enlightenment thinker; stated that it was government's duty to protect life, liberty, and property
William Blackstone British judge and jurist (legal expert); philosopher that created the idea of checks and balances and this principle is reflected in our Constitution
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