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22 Cards in this Set

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Amendment Process
changing Constitution - Proposing = 2/3 vote of both houses or by convention; ratifying = 3/4 pf state legislature or state conventions
opponents of strong central govt, campaigned for Bill of Rights
lawmaking body with 2 parts - Congress
Bill of Rights
list of individual rights/liberties - speech, religion, press
Power of executive, judicial, legislative to block actions of other branches
Document saying what the government can/cannot do
Declaration of Independace
(1776) Thomas Jefferson - where colonists sought to protect their liberties from English tyranny, listed grievances.
group of people who seek to influence policy contrary to public good
Political system where authority is shared between central/state/regional govt
Federalist Papers
85 essays by Madison, Hamilton, Hay - convinced New Yorkers to adopt Constitution
supporters of stronger central govt, advocated ratification of constitution
Great Compromise
at Convention - small states dominate senate, large dominate House of Representatives
Judicial review
power of courts to declare acts of legislature/executive branch unconstitutional - null
Natural rights
rights that cannot be taken away by govt (Britain) in Delcaration of Independence
New Jersey Plan
proposition at Constitutional Convention that 1 state = 1 vote, proposed to AMEND articles of Confederation. States>National
act of confirmation of Constitution by 12 states
democracy where representatives engage in competative struggle for vote
Seperation of powers
Constitutional authority shared by executive, judicial, legislative branch
Shay's rebellion
(1787) led by Shays to prevent foreclosures. Bolstered support for stronger central government
Virginia plan
Called for STRONG national govt, 3 branches. Vote in 1 house should be directly by people, other by state legislature. Vote by population
based on nature rather then preferences of people
legislative branch with one house