Lawsset of rules made and enforced by society
people, property, individual rights
Jean Jacques Rousseau (French)
When people live alone in a state of nature they are free to do whatever they
When they d
A system of government where power is
divided among federal, state and local
Powers That Belong to the
Regulate interstate and foreign trade
Establish a post office
Conduct relations with foreign
Forging a New Nation
So we beat the British in the Revolutionary War. Now
We have to form a government . But how?
American distrusted a strong, central
government. It sounded too much like the British government they
- Americans believed i
WTP Outline Chapter 1
What were some characteristics of colonial America?
Vast size (area)
Diverse backgrounds, business North, agricultural South, various religions
Reliance on slaves in South but not North
Different ethnicities Germans in PA, Dutch in N
The Bill of Rights
Remember that after declaring our freedom (Declaration of Independence), the
colonies had to form a government.
That first government (Articles of Confederation) did not work, so in 1787 the
creators of our government (the founding fath
Worksheet answers Articles
ARTICLE I: The _Legislative_ Branch
1. What is the main focus of Article I?
The main focus of Article I is the legislative branch and its role in U.S. government.
2. In one sentence, summarize the main function of t
Checks and Balances
The separation of powers was not enough to ensure any one branch
would not abuse their constitutionally granted powers. A system of
checks and balances was put in place to further safeguard against
threats of tyranny by one branch. The