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SS Vocab #6

Constitution Document that sets act the laws and principles if the government
Confederation An alliance of independent states
Articles of Confederation The first government used in the United States (Only lasted 6 years) 1781-1787
Constitutional Convention Meeting in Philadelphia where state leaders met to revise the Articles of Confederation(May of 1787)
Republic A government in which citizens rule themselves through elected officials
Compromise A settlement in which each side gives up some of its demands to reach and agreement
Federalism Division of government powers amongst the state of government and the national government
Economic depression A period when business activity slows, prices and wages fall and unemployment rises
Separation of powers A principle of government in which powers are divided among individual and separate branches
Executive Branch This group makes sure that all the laws are carried out and put into effect and includes the President and Vice Presidents
Legislative Branch This group makes the laws and includes the senate and house of Representatives
Judicial Branch This group makes sure that all laws are fair and includes the supreme court
Checks and Balances System where each branch of government can check or control the actions of the other branches
Cenus A periodic government count of population helps determine the number of representatives from each states in the house of representatives,
Electoral college Group of electors from every state who meet every four years to vote for the president and vice president
Execute To carry out the laws
Bill To propose a law
Veto To reject
Due prcess Idea that government must follow the same rule in all cases brought to trial
Impeach To bring formal charges of wrongdoing against a government official
Amend To change
Bill of rights List of freedoms that a government promises to protect; the first 10 amendments to the constitution(1791)
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