Flashcards in Chapter 7 Deck (35):
What is a bicameral legislature?
Means 2 houses
What is a gov’t in which citizen rule through elected representatives?
What was America’s 1st constitution?
The Articles of Confederation
When was that constitution adopted (Month and Year)?
How many votes did each state get in Congress under the AoC?
Why was the AoC unsuccessful?
Because the gov't it provides was not strong enough to handle all of the problems of the country
What created one territory out of the lands north of the Ohio River and East of the Mississippi River?
The Northwest Ordinance was a _______ of ________ for the new settlers.
Bill and Right
The Northwest Ordinance was the first attempt to stop the spread of what?
What is the name of the state in modern Northeast Tennessee that tried to become the 14th state in America?
The State of Franklin
What year did Tennessee become a state and what number state was it?
1796 and 16th
What is a depression?
Slow economic activity and high unemployment
What was Shays’ Rebellion?
Was a uprising by Massachusetts farmers to fight the gov't taxes on poor farmers
What were the two plans presented at the Constitutional Convention?
Virginia and New Jersey Plan
What combined those two plans and established the model for Congress that is used to this day?
The Great Compromise
What is the Three Fifths Compromise?
Allowed southern states to count slaves as 3/5 of a free person for representation
Where would the southern states gain more delegates due to the Three Fifths Compromise?
House of Representatives
What was a Federalist?
Were people that supported the constitution
What was a book of essays that supported the Constitution?
The Federalist Papers
What is an amendment?
Changes to the constitution
What became the standard for passing a law in Congress? ____ out of _____ States
9 out of 13
What is the supreme law of the land?
What was James Madison considered to be the father of?
Who was an influential writer from the Enlightenment who believed every person had natural rights?
What type of system states that power should be shared between the national and state level gov’ts?
What is the final authority in a federal system?
What are the 3 branches of gov’t as stated in the Constitution?
Legislative, Executive, Judicial Branch
Which branch makes laws and consists of Congress?
Which branch carries out the laws?
What did the Constitution have the AoC did not have? (Hint: Chief Executive)
What power does the President have to check Congress?
The veto powers
Who elects the President of the United States?
Which branch interprets laws and makes decisions based on the Constitution?
What is the most distinctive feature of our gov’t?
The separation of powers