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Origins of American Government

  • Jul 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Established that the power of the monarchy was not absolute and guaranteed trial by jury and due process of law to the nobility
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    Limited the power of the king.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    List of provisions given to William and Mary to prevent abuse of power.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    Plan proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1754 that aimed to unite the 13 colonies for trade, military, and other purposes; the plan was turned down by the colonies and the Crown
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Five colonists are killed by the British in Boston
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Men dressed as Indians destoryed tea shipments of three ships in protest of Britain.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    A meeting of representatives of all the colonies
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Second assembly of colony representatives; effectively started the Revolutionary War
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Document which solidified the colonies separation from England and the formation of the United States of America
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Established "a firm league of friendship" among the States, but allowed few important powers to the central government.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Rebellion that made the need for a stronger government clear
  • Philidelphia Convention

    Philidelphia Convention
    Convention which ultimately gave executive power to a single individual