Ch. 2 Vocab - American National Government Chapter 2...

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American National GovernmentChapter 2 VocabularyFive sectors of society had interests that were important in colonial politicsThe New England merchantsThe Southern plantersThe “royalists”- holders of royal lands, offices, patentsShopkeepers, artisans, and laborersSmall farmersArticles of Confederation- America’s first written Constitution; served as the basis for America’s national government from November 1777 until March 1789Confederation- a system of government in which states retain sovereign authority except for the powers expressly delegated to the national governmentVirginia Plan- a framework for the Constitution introduced by Edmund Randolph, which called for representation in the national legislature based on the population of each stateNew Jersey Plan- a framework for the constitution, introduced by William Patterson, which called for equal state representation in the national legislature regardless of population

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