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ratify

to approve; to make an agreement official.

Example:  Amendments to the Constitution must be ratified by state legislatures.

Representative

a member of the House of Representatives (one of two parts of the U.S. Congress).  There are 435 Representatives in the House.

or

More generally, someone who speaks for a group of people.

Responsibility

something that we should do; something that is our job or duty to do.

Example:  All people who live in the U.S. have the responsibility to pay taxes.

Revolutionary War

The war that made the United States a free and independent country.  In this war, the United States fought England (Britain) for its freedom.

Rights

1)  basic things that people can freely do; freedoms and privileges

Example:  Susan B. Anthony worked hard for women to have the right to vote.

2)  the claim a person has to be treated in a fair or legal way, or to have the things that are necessary for life

Example:  Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for civil rights and the equality of all Americans.