21 terms

Exam Terms Lesson 1-3

the political leaders of the thirtee original colonies. Key figures in the Establishment of the United States
The people and institutions with authority to make and enforce laws and manage disputes about laws.
indentured servants
laborer who agreed to work without pay for a certain period of time in exchange for passage to America
able to provide there own needs
a person who owes allegiance to a government or ruler
to approve of something or allow something to take place
natural rights
Life, liberty and property
purpose of government
to protect those natural rights that the individual cannot effectively protect in a state of nature
social contract
an agreement between a people and their government, stating that people would give up some of their freedom and in return, their government would provide them with peace, security, and order
state of nature
a condition in which no governments or laws existed at all
wealthy upper class
civic virtue
both citizens and their leaders were willing to set aside their private interests and personal concerns for the common good
common good
the good of a community
a person appointed to act on behalf of others; a representative; to assign or entrust to another
direct democracy
a form of government in which citizens rule directly and not through representatives.
interest groups
a person elected to act or speak for others
representitive government
The type of government where we must elect people to make decision for the entire society.
A form of government in which the people select representatives to govern them and make laws.
republican government
type of government in which the citizens have the power to govern
representative democracy
form of limited government