Events in Early American Government

  • Sep 20, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    English charter issued in 1215 and passed into law in 1225. The newer version, The Great Charter of the Liberties of England, still remains the statute books of England
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    Document started by English Parliament to run up English Civil War Adressed to Charles 1 of England
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    Declared illegal various practices of James II Possessed certain civial and political rights cant be taken away
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    Early attempt at forming a union of the colonies Idea was proposed by Ben Franklin
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Massacre by the British troops of a Boston crowd Started the rise of colonies against British against American Revolution
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    American Patriots dressed as Indians and threw 342 barrels of tea into the Boston Harbor Acted in order to prevent the payment of taxes on tea
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Called in response to Intolerable Acts Considered options such as boycotting British trade
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Managed war effect and moved towards independance Adopted Declaration of Independence
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Seperation of the 14 colonies from Britain Jefferson wrote the draft of the Declaration of Independence
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    First year the Articles took place Was Passed in 1781
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Daniel Shay marched in on Supreme Court preventing them from carrying out foreclosures and debt collection. Led 1200 men in an attack on a federal arsenal
  • New Jersey Plan

    New Jersey Plan
    Plan introduced by William Patterson Established the US Senate, states were represented equally
  • Virginia Plan

    Virginia Plan
    Drafted by James Madison Proposed strong central government composed of Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches