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Politics of the United States
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Basic principle of American government which states that government is restricted in what it may do, and each individual has rights that government cannot take away.
System of government in which public policies are made by officials selected by the voters and held accountable in periodic elections.
Great Charter forced upon King John of England by his barons in 1215.
Petition of Right
Document prepared by Parliament and signed by King Charles I of England in 1628.
English Bill of Right
Document written by Parliament and agreed on by William and Mary of England in 1689, designed to prevent abuse of power by English monarchs.
A city's basic law.
An adjective describing a legislative body composed of two chambers.
Organized by a proprietor.
An adjective describing a legislative body with one chamber.
A joining of several groups for a common purpose.
Albany Plan of Union
Plan proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1754 that aimed to unite the 13 colonies for trade, military, and other purpose.
Refusal to buy or sell certain products or services.
Basic principle of the American system of government which asserts that the people are the source of any and all government power, and government can exist only with the consent of the governed.
Articles of Confederation
Plan of government adopted by the Continental Congress after the American Revolution.
Formal approval, final consent to the effectiveness of a constitution, constitutional amendment, or treaty.
Group of delegates who drafted the United States constitution at the Philadelphia Covvention.
Plan presented by delegates from Virginia at the Constitutional Convention.
New Jersey Plan
Plan presented as an alternative to the Virginia plan to the constitution Convention.
Agreement during the Constitutional Convention that Congress should be composed of a senate, in which States would be represented equally, and a House, in which representation would be based on a State's population.
An agree at the Cinstitutional Convention to count a slave as three-fifths of a person when determining the population of a State.
Commerce and Slave Trade Compromise
An agree duting the Constitutional Convention protecting slave holders; denied congress the power to tax the export of goods from any states, and , for 20 years, the power to act on the slave trade.
Those person who supported the ratification of the Constitution in 1787-1788.
Those persons who opposed the ratification of the Constitution.
Last unmber of members who must be present for a legislative body to conduct business; majority.
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