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A form of government in which citizens choose their leaders by voting


An alliance of independent states


a written plan of government


a system in which power is divided between the national and state governments

legislative branch

the branch of government that makes the laws (Congress on the national level)

executive branch

the branch of government that carries out the laws (the President and his cabinet, on a national level)

judicial branch

the brach of government that interprets the laws (the Supreme Court on a national level)

checks and balances

each branch of the national government can check the actions of the other two branches. This keeps each branch from abusing its powers.

electoral college

a group of people named by each state legislature to select the president and vice president


to approve

central/federal/national government

all 3 describe the unifying government in Washington, D.C.


the main, controlling power


a section of the Constitution


Agreement between two or more sides in which each side gives up some of what it wants.


A change in, or addition to, a constitution or law


A representative to a meeting


Supporters of the Constitution that were led by Alexander Hamilton and John Adams. They firmly believed the national government should be strong.


Opposed the adoption of the U.S. Constitution b/c it gave too much power to the national govt at the expense of the state govts and it lacked a bill of rights


a part of government; we have 3

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