• Benjamin Franklin's "Dogood Papers"

    Benjamin Franklin writes many essays on moral topics (called the "Dogood Papers") and contributes them to The New England Courant, a Boston newspaper, under the name of Mrs. Silence Dogood.
  • "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"

    A famous revivalist preacher, Jonathan Edwards, delivers his powerful sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", leading many to follow Christ.
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    The French and Indian War

    The French and Indian War was a conflict between the British and the French over territory in the upper Ohio River Valley. The conflict originally started between the British and the French, but the French would eventually gain the aid of the Indians.
  • The Stamp Act

    Parliament passed the Stamp Act, putting a tax on all paper goods that were imported into the United States, sparking an uproar among the American colonists.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    Colonists disguised as Indians snuck onto British ships that were docked in Boston Harbor and dumped around 90,000 pounds of tea into the harbor as a response to the Tea Act. This event increased the already existing tension between the colonies and Great Britain.
  • "The Shot Heard 'Round the World"

    "The shot heard 'round the world" is the name given to the first shots that were fired at the Battle of Concord, marking the start of the Revolutionary war.
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    The Revolutionary War

    The Revolutionary War was America's fight for independence from Great Britain
  • The Declaration of Independence is Adopted

    The Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring America's freedom from Britain.
  • The Treaty of Paris

    In the Treaty of Paris, Britain recognizes America's independence, ending the Revolutionary War and establishing the United States of America as a nation.
  • The Constitution Ratified

    The first states agree to ratify the Constitution, but suggest that amendments should be made.
  • Washington Inaugurated

    George Washington, who was unanimously elected with sixty-nine electoral votes, is inaugurated as President of the United States at Wall Street.
  • Bill of Rights Ratified

    The first ten amendments to the Constitution (the Bill of Rights) are ratified by the states.
  • Washington's Farewell Address

    George Washington delivers his farewell address to the United States after declining to accept a third term.
  • John Adams Inaugurated

    John Adams is inaugurated President of the United States after winning the election of 1796 with seventy-one electoral votes.