Vocabulary words and definitions from the "History Alive: The United States Through Federalism" book.
Chapter nine, starting on page 119.
the idea that the authority of government comes from the people.
the law-making part of government, called the legislature. To legislate is to make a law.
having two law-making parts. This from the Latin words meaning "two rooms."
to reject a proposed law or a bill. Only the president can veto bills.
the part of government that "executes" (carries out) the laws.
to formally accuse an official of a crime related to official duties.
the part of government, consisting of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, that interprets the laws.
checks and balances
the system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches
a change to the Constitution.
trade and other business dealings that cross state lines.
the constitutional system that shares power between the national and state governments.
an organized political group.
an organization that actively promotes the views of some part of the public on specific issues.