Plitical of the American Founding

  1. Feudalism
    A social system based on a rigid social and political hierarchy based on the ownership of land
  2. French and Indian War
    a war fought between France and England and allied Iindians, from 1754-1763; resulted in France's expulsion from the New World
  3. Popular sovereignty
    the concept that the citizens are the ultimate source of political power
  4. Declaration of Independence
    Document that dissolved the colonial ties between the U.S and Britain
  5. Constitution
    Rules that establish a government
  6. Articles of confedration
    a government in which independent states unite for common purpose, but retain their own sovereignty
  7. Confederation
    government in which independent states unite for common purpose but retain their own sovereignty
  8. Popular tyranny
    the unrestrained power of the people
  9. Shay's Rebelion
    a grassroots uprising (1787) by armed Massachusetts farmers protesting foreclosures
  10. Constitutional Convention
    the assembly of fifty-five delegates in the summer of 1787 to recast the articles of confederations'; the result was the U.S constitution
  11. Federalism
    a Political system in which power is divided between the central and region units
  12. Federalists
    supporters of the constitution who favored a strong central government
  13. Anti Federalists
    advocates of states' rights who opposed the constitution
  14. Three-fifths Compromise
    formula for counting five slaves as 3 people for purposes of representation which reconciled northern and southern faction at the constitutional convention
  15. Ratification
    Process through which a proposal is formally approved and adopted by vote
  16. The Federalist Papers
    a series of essays written to build support for ratification of the constitution
  17. Factions
    group of citizens united by some commone passion or interest and opposed to the rights of other citizens or to the interests of the whole community
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Plitical of the American Founding
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