Vocabulary for "A New Nation"
1. Articles of Confederation- first plan of government for the US, in effect from 1781 to 1789, which stated that the states would remain free and independent but would be joined in a “league of friendship,” not a strong central government.
2. delegate- a person who acts for or represents a larger group of people.
3. US Constitution- our written plan of government, adopted in 1789
4. Legislative branch- branch or part of the government that passes laws.
5. Executive Branch- branch or part of the government, headed by the President, that carries out the laws.
6. Judicial Branch- branch or part of the government that decides the meaning of laws.
7. checks and balances – system set up by the Constitution that give s each branch of government the power to check, or limit, the power of the other branches.
8. ratify- to approve something
9. Federalist- Supporter of a strong national government and in favor of adopting of the Constitution.
11. Antifederalist- People who were in opposition to the Constitution.
12. amendment- An addition or change to the Constitution.
13. Bill of Rights- the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
14. political party- An organized group of people who share a view of what government should be and do.