The Framers of the Constitution constructed a new system of government. Seven Principles supported their efforts. Study these terms to get a better understanding how our government/constitution was formed.
who has the ultimate power in a democracy?
the people give the government its power.
gives the people the power to vote.
power shared between the National and State government.
powers that are assigned to the national government.
powers that are assigned to the state government.
Separation of Powers
powers of the government are divided into three branches.
Checks and Balances
each branch excercises control over the other branches.
All citizens must obey laws under the Constitution.
How peoples personal freedoms are protected. (The Bill of Rights)
The document which established the present federal government of the United States and outlined its powers. It can be changed through amendments.