The part of the Constitution that permits Congress to make any laws "necessary and proper" to carrying out its powers.
Bill of Rights
A statement of fundamental rights and privileges (especially the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution).
English document which limited the power of a king.
French philosopher who felt all people were born equal, but became corrupted by society. He opposed titles of nobility and felt the majority should rule.
Review by a court of law of actions of a government official or entity or of some other legally appointed person or body or the review by an appellate court of the decision of a trial court.
America's first Vice-President and second President. Sponsor of the American Revolution in Massachusetts, and wrote the Massachusetts guarantee that freedom of press "ought not to be restrained."
Articles of Confederation
This document, the nations first constitution, was adopted by the second continental congress in 1781during the revolution. the document was limited because states held most of the power, and congress lacked the power to tax, regulate trade, or control coinage.
He was a delegate from Virginia at the Second Continental Congress and wrote the Declaration of Independence. He later served as the third President of the United States.
Baron de Montesquieu
French aristocrat who wanted to limit royal absolutism; Wrote The Spirit of Laws, urging that power be separated between executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each balancing out the others, thus preventing despotism and preserving freedom. This greatly influenced writers of the US Constitution. He greatly admired British form of government.
The Great Compromise
A state's representation in the House of Representation would be based on population; Two senators for each state; all bills would originate in the house; direct taxes on states were to be assessed according to population.
A series of 85 essays written by Hamilton, Madison, and Jay (using the name "publius") published in NY newspapers and used to convice readers to adopt the new constitution.
Religious revival in the American colonies of the eighteenth century during which a number of new Protestant churches were established.
First Secretary of the Treasury. He advocated creation of a national bank, assumption of state debts by the federal government, and a tariff system to pay off the national debt.
Marbury v. Madison
The 1803 case in which Chief Justice John Marshall and his associates first asserted the right of the Supreme Court to determine the meaning of the U.S. Constitution. The decision established the Court's power of judicial review over acts of Congress, (the Judiciary Act of 1789).
Basic principle that government and those who govern must obey the law; the rule of law.
Gibbons v. Ogden
This case involved New York trying to grant a monopoly on waterborne trade between New York and New Jersey. Judge Marshal, of the Supreme Court, sternly reminded the state of New York that the Constitution gives Congress alone the control of interstate commerce. Marshal's decision, in 1824, was a major blow on states' rights.
House of Burgesses
The first elected legislative assembly in the New World established in the Colony of Virginia in 1619, representative colony set up by England to make laws and levy taxes but England could veto its legistlative acts.
Characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality.
Having the supreme power lying in the body of citizens entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them or characteristic of such government.
English philosopher who advocated the idea of a "social contract" in which government powers are derived from the consent of the governed and in which the government serves the people; also said people have natural rights to life, liberty and property.
A form of government in which power is divided between the federal, or national, government and the states.
Approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation.
A statement that is added to or revises or improves a proposal or document (a bill or constitution etc.).
Created the precedent of judicial review; ruled on many early decisions that gave the federal government more power, especially the supreme court.