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Politics of the United States
Unit 3: The Constitution
Terms in this set (19)
Articles of Confederation
A weak constitution that governed America during the Revolutionary War.
Allowed states to count three fifths of their slaves as part of the population
Plan presented at the constitutional convention that favored large states because representation was based on population.
New Jersey Plan
Plan presented at the constitutional convention that favored small states because state representation was equal.
Offered a two-house Congress to satisfy both small and big states
Introduction to the Constitution that states the purpose of government.
Checks and Balances
Keep any one part of a government stronger or more influential than the others.
Bill of Rights
The first ten amendments to the Constitution
A system in which power is divided between the national and state governments
People who supported ratification of the Constitution.
A person who opposed the adoption of the United States Constitution until a Bill of Rights was added.
A change to the Constitution
Formal approval of the Constitution by the states.
Constitution is the supreme law of the land
Powers held jointly by the national and state governments.
Part of the constitution that says Congress has implied powers
Representatives of each state who cast the final ballots that actually elect a president
Powers not specifically mentioned in the Constitution
Charges against a president approved by a majority of the House of Representatives
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