15 terms

US History Vocabulary #6

US History, NYS Regents, Constitution

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A formal written request, typically one signed by many people, appealing to authority with respect to a particular cause
Necessary and Proper Clause
This clause stretched the power of Congress and is also called the elastic clause.
Strict Construction (Interpretation)
Someone who takes the Constitution very literally and does not see it as a flexible, interpretive document.
Loose Construction (Interpretation)
Interpreting the US Constitution in favor of strengthening the power of the federal government by often stretching the meaning of its delegated powers by using the elastic clause; that is, using implied powers.
Unwritten Constitution
Precedents, judicial decisions, expansion of legal power and procedures not officially in the Constitution.
Conducting a campaign to influence members of a legislature to vote according to a group's special interest.
An official counting of the population which is completed every 10 years to determine representation in the House of Representatives.
A representative; a person sent in the place of another, with the authority to act on their behalf.
Popular Election
Voting for representation by the general population, the people's vote
To allocate (seats in the House of Representatives) in accordance with new population distribution
To give (something) to someone as a share or task.
A stipulation or qualification, especially a clause in a document or agreement
A set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system.
To impose or collect (a tax, for example).
Rights of the Accused
Rights guaranteed to those who are accused of crimes such as the right to an attorney or the right against self incrimination