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Articles of Confederation
established the first form of national government for the independent colonies
lawmaking body of the national government (made up of 2 houses: Senate and House of Representatives)
Constitution of the United States
document that outlines the structure and powers of our national government
The government may do only what the people have given it the power to do.
ex: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances. The government is not all powerful
rule of law
one of the 5 fundamental principles of government, states that all persons even those that govern must obey the law.
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
written by Thomas Jefferson, states that a person has the right to practice any religion he/she chooses, served as a model for religion clauses in the Constitution and Bill of Rights
Declaration of Independence
primary author Thomas Jefferson, declared the colonies independent from Great Brittain
elect officials to speak and vote on our behalf in government. ex. Senators and House of Representatives members
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