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Locke, Hobbes, Rosseau
philosophers; all agree that the state exists to serve the will of the people
Modern democracies
challenged idea that those of royal birth have absolute authority to rule
Characteristics of the State
1) population 2) territory 3) Sovereignty 4) Government
Majority
in a democracy, the will of the majority cannot deprive the rights of the minority
Declaration of Independence
* Does NOT include idea that God gives certain people the right to govern
* At Philadelphia Convention they agreed to draft new constitution
* Articles directly influenced Framers in development of Constitution
"Federalist"
written to win support for constitution in New York
Virginia Plan
Most work on Constitution centered around proposals set out in their plan
Judicial power
power to interpret laws, interpret meaning, and settle disputes
Federal Government
structure where power is divided between state and local levels with National Government
Confederation
when independent states create a union while retaining separate identities
Anti-Federalists
believed the constitution represented an overpowering central government
Connecticut Compromise
(The Great Compromise) an agreement that in congress states were represented equally in senate and proportionally (to population) in the house of rep.
Charter
a grant of authority from Eng. crown to establish a colony
Ratification
formal approval of the constitution

PATRICK HENRY STRONGLY OPPOSED IT!
unicameral
1-chamber legislature