Chapter 2

  • Jun 29, 1215

    Magna Carta

    The Magna Carta was signed in June 1215 between the barons of Medieval England and King John. "Magna Carta" is Latin and means "Great Charter".
  • Petition of Right

    The Petition of Right is a major English constitutional document that sets out specific liberties of the subject that the king is prohibited from infringing.When King Charles I broke up Parliament and ruled England on his own, Parliament member Sir Edward Coke presented the Petition of Right in response.
  • English Bill of Rights

    The English Bill of Rights is an English precursor of the Constitution, along with the Magna Carta and the Petition of Right. The English Bill of Rights limited the power of the English sovereign, and was written as an act of Parliament.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre was the killing of 5 colonists by British Regulars. The Boston Massacre was a street fight.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Victory in the French and Indian War was costly for the British. The Boston Tea Party Ship is not open to the public. She has no masts, no rigging, and hardly any decking
  • Second Continental Congress

    This rough draft of the Declaration of Independence was handwritten by Thomas Jefferson. It is believed that it was copied from several "creative drafts.
  • Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence is the usual name of a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.Every year on the Fourth of July, the Times reprints the Declaration of Independence.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shays' Rebellion is the name given to a series of protests in 1786 and 1787 by American farmers against state and local enforcement of tax collections and judgments for debt.Only three years after the American Revolution ended, thousands of Massachusetts citizens took up arms against their new state government.
  • Virginia Plan

    The Virginia Plan (also known as the Randolph Plan, after its sponsor, or the Large-State Plan) was a proposal by Virginia delegates for a bicameral legislative branch. The plan was drafted by James Madison while he waited for a quorum to assemble at the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
  • New Jersey Plan

    The New Jersey Plan (also widely known as the Small State Plan or the Paterson Plan) was a proposal for the structure of the United States Government presented by William Paterson at the Constitutional Convention on June 15, 1787. The New Jersey Plan was primarily a response to the Virginia Plan, and was presented at the Constitutional Convention