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Popular Sovereignty

The people rule.

We govern ourselves.


We wanted our people to have a voice but not have popular opinion get in the way of smart decision.

Vote for our political representatives.


National and state government share powers.

Separation of Powers

3 Branches

Legislative- Makes laws

Executive- Enforces laws

Judicial- Interprets

Limited Government

Everyone must follow the law

certain groups can't twist it to benefit themselves.

Checks and Balances

Each Branch has come controls over the others. For Example Only Congress can pass laws But President can only sign it Supreme court can say it is unconstitutional.

Individual Rights

First 10 amendments

Bill of Rights

Guarantee person and liberties and privileges

The Preamble

The introductory part of a statute or deed, stating its purpose, aims, and justification.

Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is defined as the formal statement written by Thomas Jefferson declaring the freedom of the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain. An example of the Declaration of Independence was the document adopted at the Second Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776.

The Constitution

the basic written set of principles and precedents of federal government in the US, which came into operation in 1789 and has since been modified by twenty-seven amendments.