Constitutional Convention Vocabulary Words Flashcards

Constitutional Convention
Terms Definitions
a special benefit
corresponding in size or population
legislative body with two houses
2nd Amendment
Militia (United States), Sovereign state, Right to keep and bear arms( the right to own a gun)
connecticut compromise
pact giving states equal representation in the Senate and proportional representation in the House
James Madison
father of the Constitution; leading federalist; author of the Bill of Rights; later 4th President of the US.
what are proposals for new laws called?
Who was president of the Convention?
George Washington
to accuse a federal official of wrongdoing
government in which a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler
our country's laws are made by people in ________
population vs equal representation
small states wanted equal representation; large states wanted porportional representation; 1 house has porportional representation & 1 house has equal representation
a system in which power is divided between the national and state governments
a settlement in which each side gives up part of what it wants
Constitutional Convention
The meeting of state delegates in 1787 in Philadelphia called to revise the Articles of Confederation. It instead designed a new plan of government, the US Constitution.
Checks and balances Executive branch
veto bills, appoints s.c. judges
What was the Great Compromise?
Regulated representation in Congress; Senate gets two delegates from each state regardless of population; House is based on population
what is the govermet the citezen elect to represent them
republic syestem
what is the legnth of term for the Senate?
6 years
2 Sides of Presidential Compromise
1.Let people elect president 2.Let congress elect president
Three Fifths Compromise
3/5 of all the slaves would be counted for both tax and representation.
What was the major disagreement between the delegates during the discussions?
There were disagreements between the delegates about how each state would be represented in the new Congress.
Why was Geroge Washionton so inportant
leader of thr Revolution, first president, virgina deledate
Who was the "Father of the Constitution"? Why was he named this?
James Madison; studied ancient gov'ts (Roman republic, Greece's democracy, etc.), kept notes of meetings, and suggested many ideas that led to the formation of a strong national gov't
Gouverneur Morris of Pennsylvania called spoke out against what?
Slavery and he called it "the curse of heaven on the states where it prevailed."
What was the purpose of the Constitutional Convention?
The delegates were meeting to fix the Articles of Confederation.
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