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articles of confederation

the plan of government approved by the continental congress

northwest ordiance

a law that provided a way to settle this area


a person chosen by people to represent them


a plan of government

legislative branch

law making branch

executive branch

carry out laws and run the government

judicial branch

branch that decides the meaning of the law


the person elected to run the country


type of government in which teh people ellect representatives to run the country


the interduction of the constitution

federal system

power is shared between the national government and the state governments

checks and balances

keeps any branch of the government from becoming too powerful


refusing to approve



Bill of Rights

the first ten amendments


government officials chosen by the president to be advisors and to head government departments

political parties

a group of people who share similar ideas about government

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