Social Contract Theory
John Locke wrote that people create governments in order to preserve their rights, he was supporting this theory of government.
Power to govern is divided between the national government and the states
What is a characteristic of a federal system?
In a representative democracy, citizens select others to represent them
What is the major difference between direct and representative democracy?
House of Burgesses
The first representative assembly in the English colonies.
The Declaration of Independence states that "all men are created equal" - who wrote this?
Articles of Confederation
After the Declaration of Independence - the first national constitution of the U. S. was the?
The writers of the Constitution settled the disagreement over representation in Congress by accepting this....
more representation in the House
In 1790, the southern states wanted enslaved people (slaves) counted in their states' total population because this plan would give the ...
Separation of Power
James Madison defended this concept of government in The Federalist No. 47
To prevent one branch of government from controlling the other branches
The main purpose of the American concept of checks and balances
Once a Supreme Court nominee receives ___?___ ____?____, he becomes a justice of the Supreme Court.
Congressional powers that are understood but not mentioned specifically in the constitution
"to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers" is known as -
Proposed by Congress with a 2/3 vote in each house and ratified by ¾ of the state legislatures
The Constitution has been amended by informal and formal methods - the formal method has been used most frequently - describe it....
The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were added to the Constitution to ensure the rights of former slaves after which war?
Representation is based on population
During Congressional Apportionment - some states gain seats in the H of R and other states lose seats - WHY?
"One person, one vote"
A vote in one congressional district is to be worth as much as a vote in another district
Years of citizenship
The difference between qualifications for the House of Representatives and the Senate
The United States Congress is too large to meet as a group and successfully complete all of its work, so most work is done in ......
In Congress, the majority and minority leaders are assisted by ....