system that requires males to register by age 18; The purpose is to have information available about potential soldiers in the event of war
A written set of basic principles that determines the duties and powers of a government.
Practice of creating and maintaining wealth by carefully controlling trade. Britain maintained this policy toward the colonies by passing the Navigation Acts. It maximized the mother country's profit off the colonies.
Government's power to take personal property to further the public good. Jerry Jones and Arlington, TX did this to build the new Cowboys Stadium.
political action committees
Organizations that collect money to distribute to candidates who support the same issues as the contributors
An area created by the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 that included OH, IL, IN, WI, MI and part of MN.
In the event of the death or resignation of the POTUS the process of filling the position.
The idea that political power belongs to the people. Clearly embodied in the 1st three words of the Constitution "We the People"
separation of powers
A way to prevent any one branch of government from becoming too powerful. Suggested by Montesquieu.
Powers that are specifically given to the federal government in Article I Section VIII of the Constitution.
checks and balances
A system established by the Constitution that prevents any one branch from becoming too powerful.
A group selected from each of the states to cast votes in POTUS elections. The Framers designed the system to assure that a qualified person would be elected POTUS. The system does NOT allow average people to vote directly for the POTUS.
Policy of Britain during the colonial period when the British allowed American colonists to rule themsleves as long as the rule also benefited Britain.
System of government where people elect representatives to govern them. Also called representative government.
People who believed in a strong national government and wanted the new Constitution approved. America's 1st political party.
People who wanted to defeat the new Constitution mainly because it cut down on "states' rights"
Written about by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. They include "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Section of Article VI that says when state and federal laws conflict, the federal law takes precedence.
A derogatory Patriot nickname for people who were Loyal to Britain. Essentially a synonym for Loyalist.