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GOVT. Chapter 3 - The Constitution

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on 7 September 2011

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Transcript of GOVT. Chapter 3 - The Constitution

The Constitution
Structure and Principles
- The Preamble
-Seven Articles
-The Amendments (27x)
Major Principles
1. Popular Sovereignty
2. Federalism
3. Separation of Powers
4. Checks and Balances
5. Judicial Review
6. Limited Govt.
Three Branches of GOvt.
The Legislative Branch
given expressed powers
Article 1, section 8, 1-18
"necessary and proper clause" (elastic)
The Executive Branch
given vague constitutional powers
given 10 specific powers
The Judicial Branch
2 courts- federal, courts from the 50 states
Amending the Constitution
- Proposing
- 2/3 vote of each house of Congress
- Ratifying
- 3/4 of the 50 states legislatures
- 3/4 of special constitutional convention called by states,
(only used once for 21st amendment)
The Amendments
- 1-10 bILL OF RIGHTS
- cIVIL wAR AMENDMENTS
- LATER AMENDMENTS
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