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Unit 2 vocab words social studies vocab

Term Definition
Enumerated Powers only given to the federal government
Concurrent Those powers shared by the national and state governments
Executive Branch of government that enforces the laws
Preamble The introduction to the constitiution that states the goals for the government
Amendment Any change to the constitiution
Seperation of powers The idea that government should be divided in to three branches to avoid an abuse of power
The Chartes of the VA Company Established the rights of english men would be guranteed to colonists
Elastic Clause Gives congress power to make all laws necessary and proper to carry out its duties
Reserved Powers only given to the state government
The virginia decleration of rights served as model for the bill of rights of the US constitiution
Legislative Branch Branch of Government that makes laws
Ratification To approve. Constitution was ratified June 1788
Decleration of Independence Established and listed the unaliable rights of all men,colonial grievances against the king,quality under the law,colonies independencefrom Great Britain
Judicial Branch The branch of government that interprets the law
Articles of confederation Established the first form of government forthe independent states.Allowed the states to keep the major powersof government.
Articles seven sections of the constitution following the preamble
Constitution Establishes the structure of the presentnational government.Living DocumentSupreme Law of the Land.
Virginia Statute for ReligiousFreedom Established freedom of religious beliefs andopinions.Model for the First Amendment to theConstitution.
Checks and Balances A system in which each branch of governmentis able to limit the power of the other twobranches.
Shay’s Rebellion One of the final events proving the weaknessof the Articles of Confederation.Leading to the convention to revise theArticles.

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