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Custom
Is a usual way of doing things
Immigrant
Is a person who comes to live in a country from some other place
Mexican
Ancestor
An ancestor is an early family member.
Isthmus
Is piece of land that connects two larger land area.
Wealth
Riches
Religion
Beliefs about God or gods.
Slavery
Is making one person the property of another person.
Poverty
Means being very poor.
Ethnic Group
Is a group made up of people from the same country, people of the same race, or people with a common way of life.
Culture
The culture of a group is made up of its customs and beliefs. A culture includes language, religion, art music, clothing, food, game and holidays.
Independence
Freedom from British rule.
Government
Is a system for deciding what is best for a group of people. The main job of government is to make and carry out laws.
Democracy
Is a form of government in which the people rule. In a democracy people are free to make choices about their lives and their government.
Representative Democracy
Citizens elect representatives who in turn make decisions about the laws for all of the people.
Majority Rule
Whoever gets the most votes or the majority of votes win. This is called Majority Rule.
Right
A right is a freedom that belongs to a person. The majority cannot make decisions that take away that right.
Responsibilty
A responsibility is something that a person should do. Some responsibility like obeying traffic signs and going to school, are required by law.
Federal
(National) government for whole country.
Tax
Money that a government collects from its people.
Revolution
Is a large, sudden change in government or in peoples lives.
Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson wrote a statement explaining why the country should be free.
The Constitution
The document that describes the rights that people in the United States have. The Supreme Law of the land.
Legislative Branch
One branch of government is legislative. This branch make the laws than our country.
Congress
Congress makes laws for the whole nation.
Executive Branch
The second branch of government. This branch carries out the laws of our country.
Judicial Branch
Third branch of government. This branch sees that the laws are carried out fairly. Also decides how people who break the laws should be punished.
Supreme Court
The most important court in the country. Decisions made by the 9 justices apply to everyone in the country.