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5th grade SS US Gov

5th grade SS US Gov doc definitions

Mayflower Compact 1. Written 1620. 41 signatures on document (37 of those were emigrating from Europe because of religious persecution). Settlers in colonies declared to abide by English laws. First attempt to setup a government.
Declaration of Independence 2. Written 1776. Delcared the colonies to be free from English rule after the Revolutionary War. No more taxes paid to England.
Articles of Confederation 3. First attempt at writing the laws for the newly freed states. Made each colony an independent state. The people did not want a strong central government, so each tate had its own power to make laws. No president; no courts.
Preamble 4. The introduction to the Constitution. "We the People of the United States, in Order to forma a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility [peace], provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Bless
Constitution 5. The Constitution. Written in 1787. Problems with the Articles of Confederation caused a need for a new plan. Stronger national government. Start with the words "We the people..." Divides the government into 3 branches (legislative, executive, and
Bill of Rights 6 Written in 1791. First 10 amendments to the Constitution. States the individual rights of the people like "freedom of Press" and "freedom of Religion."
Created by: jim65taylor