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History Alive Chapter 14

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Articles of the Confederation
the first attempt to set up a national government
Constitutional Convention
a meeting in 1787 held to improve upon the Articles of Confederation
branches
parts of the US government, each with its own powers and resonsibitilities
checks and balances
a system which limited the powers of each branch of government
Legislative Branch
the branch of government that makes laws
Executive Branch
the branch of government that carries out laws
Judicial Branch
the branch of government that interprets laws and settles disagreements about them
Cabinet
a group of advisors to the president
impeachment
the act of accusing a government official or serious crimes, as definied by the Constitution
veto
to reject a bill and prevent it from becoming a law - presidential power
unconstitutional
something, such as a law, that is in conflict with the constitution