chapter 2 the constitution

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  1. Declaration of Independence
     Document drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 that proclaimed the right of the American colonies to separate from Great Britain.
  2. Articles of Confederation
    The compact among the thirteen original states that was the basis of their government. Written in 1776, the Articles were not ratified by all the states until 1781.• A national government with a Congress empowered to make peace, coin money, appoint officers for an army, control the post, and negotiate with Indians.• Each state retains independence and sovereignty to govern within ins territories.• One vote in the Continental Congress for each state, regardless of size.• 9/13 to pass a measure, unanimous for amendment.• Selection and payment of delegates to Congress by their state legislatures.
  3. Shays's Rebellion (s):
    A 1786 rebellion in which an army of 1,500 disgruntled and angry farmers led by Daniel Shays marched to Springfield, Massachusetts and forcibly restrained the state court from foreclosing mortgages on their farms. The failure of Congress to muster and army to put down the rebellion showed the weaknesses inherent in the Articles of Confederation and shocked the nation's leaders into recognizing the new government's overwhelming inadequacies.
  4. Constitution:
     A document establishing the structure, functions, and limitations of a government.
  5. Charles A. Beard
    Wrote the Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States which argued that the 1780's were critical for businessmen who wanted a strong national government to promote industry and trade, and protect private property. According to Beard, the constitution represents “An economic document drawn with superb skill by men whose property interests were immediately at stake.
  6. Virginia Plan
    • Creation of a powerful central government with three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.• A population based two-house legislature with one house elected directly by the people, the other chosen from among persons nominated by the state legislatures.• A legislature with the power to select the executive (a president serving a single 7 year term) and the judiciary.
  7. New Jersey Plan
    • Unicameral legislature with one vote per state.• Congress has the power to raise revenue from duties and postal service.• Creating a supreme court with members appointed for life by the executive officers
  8. Great Compromise:
    The house of representatives would be based on population, and directly elected by the people. This house would have the power to originate all bills concerning raising and spending money• All states would have equal say in the other house, the Senate. Representatives there would be selected by state legislatures
  9. 3/5 compromise
    Agreement reached at the Constitutional Convention stipulating that each slave was to be counted as three-fifths of a person for purposes of determining population for representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  10. The Preamble
    a brief introductory statement of the fundamental purposes and guiding principles which the Constitution is meant to serve. “We the People of the United States” boldly proclaimed that a loose confederation of independent states no longer existed.
  11. Federal System
    Plan of government created in the U.S. Constitution in which power is divided between the national government and the state governments and in which independent states are bound together under one national government.
  12. Separation of Powers
    A way of dividing power among three branches of government in which members of the House of Representatives, members of the Senate, the president, and the federal courts are selected by and responsible to different constituencies.
  13. 17th Amendment:
     Called for the direct election of senators by the voters, making them directly accountable in the people, thereby making the system more democratic
  14. Checks and balances
    A governmental structure that gives each of the three branches of government some degree of oversight and control over the actions of the others. Allowed framers to reduce the threat of tyranny from any one branch.
  15. Enumerated Powers
    Seventeen specific powers granted to congress under Article I section 8 of the U.S. Constituion; these powers include taxation, coinage of money, regulation of commerce, and the authority to provide for a national defense. Granted powers to Congress previously denied by the Articles of Confederation.
  16. Necessary and proper clause
    Gives Congress the authority to pass all laws “necessary and proper” to carry out the enumerated powers specified in the Constitution; also called the "Elastic Clause". Source for congressional activity never anticipated by the framers.
  17. Implied Powers
    Powers derived from the enumerated powers and the elastic clause. Powers that are considered reasonably implied through the exercise of delegated powers. Federal minimum-wage and maximum-hour laws. Regulating trains and planes.
  18. Supremacy clause
    National law is supreme to all other laws passed by states or by any other subdivision of government. Linchpin of the entire federal system.
  19. Federalists
    Those who favored a stronger national government and supported the prosed U.S. Constitution; later became the first U.S. Political party.
  20. Anti-Federalists
    Those who favored strong state governments and a weak national government; opposed the ratification of the U.S. Constitution
  21. The Federalist Papers
    A series of 85 political papers written by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison in support of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
  22. Bill of Rights
    The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  23. 27th Amendment
     Amendment preventing members of the House from raising their own salaries.
  24. Equal Rights Amendment
    Womens rights amendment that, despite gaining overwhelming majorities in congress, failed to be ratified by the states, showing how hard it is to amend the Constitution.
  25. Informal Amendments
     When judicial review is used as a means to “amend” the constitution. When the Constitution is interpreted a certain way by the Supreme Court. Seen in social example with  womens rights. While there is no specific womens rights amendment, the courts have interpreted the Constitution to prohibit forms of gender discrimination.
  26. commities of correspondence
    organizations in each of the american colonies created to keep colonist abreast of developments with the britishserves as powerful molders of public opinion against the british
  27. confederation
    type of government where the national governement derives its powers from the states a leauge of independent states
  28. 1st continental congress
    meeting in held in philidelphia from september 5th to ocotber 27th 1774 in which 56 delegates form every colony except georgia adopeted to resolution in opposition to the corcieve acts
  29. 2nd continental congress
    meeting that convended in philidelphia on may 10 1775 at which it was decided that an army should be raised and goerge washington of virginia was named commander in chief
  30. mercantilism
    an economic theory designed to increase a nations wealth through the development of commercial industry and favorable balnace of trade
  31. stamp act congress
    meeting of represantives of 9 of the 13 colonies  held in NYC in 1765 during which represantives draft a document to send to the king listing how thier rights had been violated
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chapter 2 the constitution
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