Chapter 2 Timeline

  • Jun 15, 1215

    magna carta

    magna carta
    The later versions excluded the most direct challenges to the monarch's authority that had been present in the 1215 charter. The charter first passed into law in 1225; the 1297 version, with the long title (originally in Latin) "The Great Charter of the Liberties of England, and of the Liberties of the Forest," still remains on the statute books of England and Wales.
  • petition of right

    petition of right
    Despite debates over its legal status, the Petition of Right was highly influential.The Petition remains in force in the United Kingdom and, thanks to Imperial legislation, many parts of the Commonwealth of Nations including Australia and New Zealand.
  • english bill of rights

    english bill of rights
    The bill continues to constantly change and be cited in legal proceedings in the Commonwealth realms.The Bill of Rights was also invoked in New Zealand in the 1976 case of Fitzgerald v.
  • albany plan of union

    albany plan of union
    They proposed that colonial governors, along with some members of their respective councils, order the raising of troops and building of forts, to be funded by the Treasury of Great Britain.The colonial assemblies and most of the people were narrowly provincial in outlook, mutually jealous, and suspicious of any central taxing authority."
  • boston massacre

    boston massacre
    The Boston Massacre, known as the Incident on King Street by the British.British Army soldiers killed five civilian men and injured six others.
  • boston tea party

    boston tea party
    The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act.The Boston Tea Party was a key event in the growth of the American Revolution.
  • declaration of independence

    declaration of independence
    After ratifying the text on July 4, Congress issued the Declaration of Independence in several forms. It was initially published as the printed Dunlap broadside that was widely distributed and read to the public.
  • shay's rebellion

    shay's rebellion
    Protesters, including many war veterans, shut down county courts in the later months of 1786 to stop the judicial hearings for tax and debt collection. The protesters became radicalized against the state government following the arrests of some of their leaders, and began to organize an armed force.
  • virginia plan

    virginia plan
    One contentious issue facing the convention was the manner in which large and small states would be represented in the legislature, whether by equal representation for each state, regardless of its size and population, or proportionate to population, with larger states having more votes than less-populous states. Under the Articles of Confederation, each state was represented by one vote in a unicameral legislature.
  • new jersey plan

    new jersey plan
    The plan was voted down on June 19 as being partial to small states and a hindrance to the establishment of a workable federal government.The New Jersey Plan provided that Congress might levy duties and regulate trade.