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Chapter 2

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Monarch
A person, such as a king or queen, who reigns over a kingdom or an empire.
Dictator
A person who rules with complete and absolute power.
Democracy
The people of a nation either rule directly or they elect officials who act on their behalf.
Direct democracy
All voters in a community meet in one place to make laws and decide what actions to take.
Representative democracy
The people elect representatives to carry on the work of government for them.
Republic
The people consent to be ruled by their elected leaders.
Constitution
A written plan of government
Human rights
The basic rights to which all people are entitled.
Confederation
A loose association
Sovereignty
Absolute power
Parliament
The lawmaking body of Great Britain
Federalism
Federal system
Compromise
An agreement in which each side gives up part of its demands in order to reach a solution to a problem.
Ratification
Approval
Federalists
Supporters of the Constitution, who favored a strong national government
Antifederalists
People who opposed the new Constitution