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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

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