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  • Democracy is a system of government by the whole population or eligible members of a state. There is a Direct democracy where citizens debate and vote on every issue.
  • And there's Representative democracy or Republic, where citizens elected senators to represent their interests in debates and votes.
  • In 1776, the 13 American colonies declared they were going to form a new country, totally independent, or separate for Great Britain.
  • The first part laid out the basic human rights. The second part was a list of grievances or complaints against King George 3. Lastly, the third part of the Declaration was a formal statement of Independence.
  • James Madison wrote the 10 amendments that were presented to the states to be approved. The were called the Bill of Rights.
  • Also people have the right to have a speedy trial.
  • In the 10 amendments, there are a few things like people have the right to bear arms
  • The Constitution is America's plan for the government. It lays out how the U.S. government works, and how we fit into it.
  • There are the three branches called Executive,, Legislative and Judicial Branch.
  • The seven principles are popular sovereignty, Republicanism, federalism, separation of power, limited government, checks and balances and individual rights.
  • Legislative Branch: It makes the laws Executive Branch : It includes the President, so it enforces the laws Judicial Branch: Includes the court system, and is In charge of interpreting the laws.
  • In a limited government, the government only had the powers granted to it by the constitution and nothing more.
  • In the Bill of Rights, it includes the freedom of speech, the right to a jury trial , of assembly and the protection against unfair searches.
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