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Thomas Jefferson

wrote the declaration of independence

Deceleration of Independence

a 1776 document stating that the 13 English colonies were a free and independent nation


A system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches in order to prevent abuse of power

Federal system

the central bank of the United States

Bill of rights

The first ten amendments to the Constitution

First Continental Congress

a meeting of delegates in 1774 from all the colonies except Georgia to uphold colonial rights

Second Continental Congress

The meeting of colonial delegates that approved the Declaration of Independence

Stamp Act

A law which required all paper goods to have a special stamp on it to show that a tax had been paid

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