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  • New Jersey Plan June 15, 1787: The New Jersey Plan was a methodology created by New Jersey delegate William Paterson, which outlined a system for the election of State representatives in a nationally-consolidated legislature.
  • 3 Branches of Government: Executive Branch: the branch of federal and state government that is broadly responsible for implementing, supporting, and enforcing the laws made by the legislative branch and interpreted by the judicial branch. Judicial Branch: The court systems of local, state, and federal governments, responsible for interpreting the laws passed by the legislative branch and enforced by the executive branch. Legislative Branch:the United States government that creates laws.
  • The Three-Fifths Clause: A compromise reached between delegates from southern states and those from northern states during the 1787 United States Constitutional Convention. The debate was over if slaves would be counted when determining a state's total population for constitutional purposes.
  • The Constitutional Convention:The gathering that drafted the Constitution of the United States in 1787; all states were invited to send delegates. The convention, meeting in Philadelphia, designed a government with separate legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
  • The Virginia Plan May 29, 1787: A proposal by Virginia delegates for a bicameral legislative branch. The plan was drafted by James Madison while he waited for a quorum to assemble at the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
  • The Bill of Rights: First Amendment - Freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and to petition the government Second Amendment - Right for the people to keep and bear arms, as well as to maintain a militia Third Amendment - Protection from quartering of troops Fourth Amendment - Protection from unreasonable search and seizure Fifth Amendment - Due process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, private property Sixth Amendment - Trial by jury and other rights of the accused Seventh Amendment - Civil trial by jury Eighth Amendment - Prohibition of excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment Ninth Amendment - Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights Tenth Amendment - Powers of states and people
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