18 terms


states rights
the right of states to limit the power f the federal government
practice of dividing power between the federal government and the state government
separation of powers
dividing the powers of the government among separate branches
checks and balances
each branch of the U.S government can check the power of other branches
executive branch
branch of government that carries out the laws
legislative branch
branch of government that makes the laws
judicial branch
branch of government that interprets the laws
a change in the constitution
electoral collage
a group of electors who meet every four years to elect the new president
to reject; as when the president rejects a law passed by the congress
bill of rights
freedoms the government must protect also the 1st amendment to the U.S constitution
means that there are 2 houses in the legislative branch
to officially approve something
house of representatives
the larger of the 2 bodies of the legislative branch: based on population
the smaller of the 2 bodies of legislative branch: based 2 reps. per state
constitutional convention
gathering of state reps. to revise the articles of confederation
articles of confederation
the 1st American constitution that created the a loose alliance of the 13 states
document that sets out the laws and organization of the government