History Alive! The United States Through Federalism: Chapter 9 Vocab

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Vocabulary words and definitions from the "History Alive: The United States Through Federalism" book. Chapter nine, starting on page 119.

popular sovereignty

the idea that the authority of government comes from the people.

legislative branch

the law-making part of government, called the legislature. To legislate is to make a law.

bicameral

having two law-making parts. This from the Latin words meaning "two rooms."

bill

a proposed law

veto

to reject a proposed law or a bill. Only the president can veto bills.

executive branch

the part of government that "executes" (carries out) the laws.

impeach

to formally accuse an official of a crime related to official duties.

judicial branch

the part of government, consisting of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, that interprets the laws.

checks and balances

the system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches

amendment

a change to the Constitution.

interstate commerce

trade and other business dealings that cross state lines.

federalism

the constitutional system that shares power between the national and state governments.

party

an organized political group.

interest group

an organization that actively promotes the views of some part of the public on specific issues.

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