A set of basic principles and laws that state the paowers and duties of the government.
A system of government where citizens elect representatives who are responsible to the people
A system where all leaders have to obey the laws and no one has total power.
Official approval and adoption
Articles of Confederation
Our nation's first constitution which outlined the powers of the national government.
Northwest Ordinance of 1787
Created the system for bringing in new states into the Union.