What was the name of the United States first form of Government?
Articles of Confederation
Why was America's first form of government a failure?
States held most of the power and there wasn't a strong centralized government. Weak central government. Central government could not tax
What was the goal of the Constitutional Convention?
It was to consider the situation of the united states and revise the Articles of Confederation
What was the New Jersey Plan?
It called for a government with 3 branches. But the legislative branch would have 1 house not 2. Favored small states and had equal representation.
What was the Virginia Plan?
Government with 3 branches. Legislative branch would make laws. Executive branch would carry out the laws. Judicial would interpert the laws. The lawmakers would that each state would send to congress would depend on the states population. Favored big states.
What was the Great Compromise?
The compromise plan kept a 2 house congress.. The number of representatives from each state would depend on the states population.
What was the 3/5th Compromise?
When Madison proposed a compromise where they count each slave as 3/5 of of a person when determining a states population
Who was the main author of the Constitution?
What is the Preamble?
It is the beginning of the constitution introduction
What does the word "bicameral" mean?
a two house legislative company
What is the primary role of the Legislative branch?
To make laws
What is the primary role of the Executive branch?
To carry out the laws
What is the primary role of the Judicial branch?
To interpret the laws