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  1. explain
    make plain and comprehensible
  2. grievance
    a complaint about a wrong that causes resentment
  3. Enlightenment
    a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine
  4. social contract
    an agreement that results in the organization of society
  5. precedent
    an example that is used to justify similar occurrences
  6. Articles of Confederation
    a written agreement ratified in 1781 by the thirteen original states; it provided a legal symbol of their union by giving the central government no coercive power over the states or their citizens
  7. U.S. Constitution
    the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states
  8. Federalist
    a member of a former political party in the United States that favored a strong centralized federal government
  9. persuasive
    intended or having the power to induce action or belief
  10. Bill of Rights
    a statement of fundamental rights and privileges
Created on August 22, 2018 (updated August 22, 2018)

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