affirmative action Policy that requires public and private organizations to take steps to overcome past discrimination.

American Dream The widespread belief that we live in a land of opportunity and that individual initiative can bring about economic success.

aristocracy A form of government in which power is held by the nobility.

authority The rightful use of power that compels obedience.

bankruptcy The legal proceeding in which the bankrupt’s assets are distributed among the individuals or businesses to which a debt is owed.

bicameralism A legislature made up of two houses.

bill A proposal to a legislative body that will become a law if approved.

blanket primary A variation of the open primary in which voters receive a ballot with ...

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