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independence

being able to make up your own rules

recur

to happen again and again

representatives

people chosen to speak or vote for a group of people

legislature

an elected group of representitives who can make laws

ratify

to formally agree to a plan

constitution

a written plan of government

democracy

the power to gover is in the hands of the governed

simple majority

50%+1

fedral government

a strong central government

inflation

the process of money losing value.

compromise

each sode gives in a little to reach an agreement

checks and balances

check means to stop balance means to equally divide

legislatue branch

the branch of government that makes laws

esecutive branch

the branch of government that enforces the laws

judicial branch

the branch of government that interprets the laws

bill

a prosed law by congress

veto

the power of the president to reject or cancek a bill

override

to pass a bill over a presidential veto

impeachment

to present formal charges against a president or supreme court justice

judicial review

the right of the sumpreme court to review laws passed by congress

debate

trying to convine people of ones opinion through arguement

nullify

to make a law no longer in effect

political tactics

waysof trying to solve political problems

1754

the albany congress

1765

the stamp act boycott

1774

first continental congress

1775

second continental congress

1787

the articles of confederation

1788

constitution ratified; washington elected as first president

1791

United Stated Bill of Rights ratified

1689

english bill of rights

1215

Magna Carta (weatlthy land owners establish their rights)

bail

money given to the court to guarantee the return of the accused for their trial

subpoena

the accused can legally require witnesses to attend

jury

a group of 12 ordinary people who listen to evidence in a trial to decide if a person is guilty

grand jury

a group of oridnary people who listen to evidence and determine wether there is enough reasonible evidence to make it worth while to conduct a trial

probable cause

a good reason

search warant

a paper signed by a judge that allows the police to search someone's property

libel

printing false information designed to hurt someone

petitiion

to make a formal complaint to the government

assembly

when people meet together

liberty

free from oppression

amendment

a formal written change to a document

bill of rights

a lifst of people's rights that the government agrees all people will have

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