the people's right to take part directly in controlling the government.
plan of government that establishes guidelines for how our government works.
power is shared between the state governments and a federal government
Branch of the governemnt whose primarily duty is to make the laws.
Branch of government whose primarily duty is to carry out laws
Branch of government that interpret the laws.
Separation of Powers
Government power into different branches with each branch having duties or functions.
Checks and balances
Allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches.
Addition to the constitution to meet the changing needs of society.
Power of the court to review the action of the executive and legislative branches
Section of the Constitution that allows Congress to stretch laws to meet the intent of the constitution
Method of indirectly electing president.
To formally accuse a public official of misconduct in office.
A member of a special interest group that tries to influence what laws are passed.
Practices that are followed but are not part of the constitution.itself. Political parties, Judicial Review, and the two term Presidential tradition.
People who came to America during industrilization to work in factories
Belief in the superiority of the culture of one's owns country.
Melting Pot Theory
Immigrants of different races or religions blend together to come one culture
justify the ruthless business practices of the Robber Barons during the industrial era of the late 1800s.
American journalist/writers who tried to improve society exposing corruption, health hazards, and other social problems.
Articles of confederation
an agreement among 13 colonies that established USA and first constitution (before end of revolutionary war)
Treaty of versailles
agreement ended WWI with germany and allied powers (france, USA and britian)
prohibits manufacturing, selling or transporting alcohol up until 1920's
domestic reform program by FDR included social security
proclamation of 1763
forbade colonists of the 13 colonies of settling/buying land west of appalachian mountains
scandal involving abuses of power, corruption and attempts to cover them up. (Nixon resigned due to cover up of watergate burglary of democratic headquarters)
Brown vs. board of education
1954 supreme court case ruled cannot have separate schools based on race
Schenk vs. US
not protected by 1st ammendment if you speak out against the war