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Chapter 12, Lesson 2: The Constitution (pp. 297-303)

I. "The Grand Convention"

II. Checks and Balances

    A. The legislative, executive, and judicial branches are equal in power.

    B. All three branches can check, or stop, one another.

    C. Each branch of government has a different job.

    D. The executive branch would have one person in charge.

III. Ratification of the Constitution
    A. Nine states had to accept the Constitution for it to become law.

    B. Some people were against ratifying the Constitution because they were afraid the government would be too strong and that only rich men would be elected.

IV. The Bill of Rights
    A. Some states refused to ratify the Constitution until a bill of rights was added.

    B. The first ten amendments are called the Bill of Rights.

    C. The Bill of Rights protects important personal liberties.

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