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Articles of Confederation

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First constitution of the United States, 1781. Created a weak national government, replaced in 1789 by the Constitution of the United States.

political rights

Government; American government

Rights to participate in the political process.

Midterm election

Government; American government

General elections for US Congress and state-level gubernatorial positions that are traditionally held halfway through the President's term (hence the "midterm").

petition for certiorari

Government; American government

When a party in a case is unhappy with the result at the lower court level (that is, in a state court of last resort or in a federal court of appeals), he has the option to file a brief asking the ...

Private property

Government; American government

Property belonging to a particular person or persons as opposed to the public or the government.

Civil rights laws

Government; American government

Laws passed by Congress or state legislatures designed to protect the rights of individuals to fair treatment by private persons, groups, organizations, businesses, and government.

Alien

Government; American government

Anyone not a citizen of the country in which he or she lives.

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