American Government

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In History
  • 1,500 BCE

    1.Moses

    1.Moses
    In the Old Testament, Moses divinely received the Ten Commandments.
  • -600 BCE

    2.Old Testament

    2.Old Testament
    The biblical idea of a covenant, an ancient Jewish term meaning a special kind of agreement between people and God, influenced the formation of colonial governments and contributed to our constitutional structure.
  • -100 BCE

    3.New Testament

    3.New Testament
    The biblical idea of a covenant, an ancient Jewish term meaning a special kind of agreement between people and God, influenced the formation of colonial governments and contributed to our constitutional structure.
  • 1215

    4.The Magna Carta

    4.The Magna Carta
    In 1215, English nobles were upset with the oppressive policies of King John.
  • 5. The Mayflower Compact

    5.  The Mayflower Compact
    The Pilgrims governed themselves by a written contract between themselves.
  • 6. The Constitution of Connecticut

    6.  The Constitution of Connecticut
    The Constitution of Connecticut was the first constitution written in America and had a huge influence on the Founders of America.
  • 7. English Bill of Rights

    7.   English Bill of Rights
    Even after the signing of the Magna Carta, power struggles between the monarch and Parliament (England’s law making body) persisted for more than 400 years.
  • 8. House of Lords

    8.   House of Lords
    The members of the upper chamber were the first sons of noble families and later members who inherited their positions.
  • 9. House of Commons

    9.   House of Commons
    The members of the lower chamber were elected and were often the younger sons of noble families or wealthy commoners.
  • 10. The Enlightenment

    10. The Enlightenment
    A group of philosophers including John Locke, Baron de Montesquieu, and Voltaire, sought to apply the rights of scientific inquiry to study human society.
  • 11. English Common Law

    11.  English Common Law
    Common law and its commentaries is based on custom, usages, and general principles found in court decisions that serve as precedents to be applied to situations not covered by statutory law.
  • 12. The Thirteen English Colonies

    12. The Thirteen English Colonies
    These colonial institutions exercised some local authority, but the British believed that all colonists owed allegiance to the monarch.
  • 13. The French and Indian War

    13.    The French and Indian War
    The French and Indian War pitted the colonies of British America against those of New France, each side supported by military units from the parent country and by American Indian allies.
  • 14. The Stamp Act

    14.    The Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act of 1765 was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain which imposed a direct tax on the British colonies in America and required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London, carrying an embossed revenue stamp.
  • 15. The Boston Tea Party

    15. The Boston Tea Party
    A group of colonists, dressed as Mohawk Indians dumped 342 chests of British tea into Boston Harbor.
  • 16. The First Continental Congress

    16. The First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from 12 of the 13 British colonies that became the United States
  • 17. The Second Continental Congress

    17.    The Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies in America which united in the American Revolutionary War.
  • 18. The Declaration of Independence

    18.    The Declaration of Independence
    The United States Declaration of Independence is the pronouncement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776
  • 19. The Articles of Confederation

    19.    The Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union was an agreement among the 13 original states of the United States of America that served as its first constitution. It was approved, after much debate, by the Second Continental Congress on November 15, 1777, and sent to the states for ratification.
  • 20. The Constitution of the United States

    20.    The Constitution of the United States
    The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America. The Constitution, originally comprising seven articles, delineates the national frame of government.