Events Leading up to and Affecting the US Constitution

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    It was written in England to establish that the king was subject to his laws. It also stated that people cannot be deprived of their lives, liberty, or property except by law or judgment of their peers.
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    Colonial Assemblies

    Britain's 2 chamber structure was used in the colonies. You can find it in article one, section one of the constiution.
  • Mayflower Lands At Plymoth

    Mayflower Lands At Plymoth
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The Mayflower Compact was the first document signed in the US. There were 41 male signers. This document established self government for the colonies.
  • King William's War begins

  • English Bill of Rights

    The English Bill of Rights took even more power away from the monarch than the Magna Carta and protected the rights of English Citizens.
  • King William's War Ends

    A.k.a the Peace of Ryswick
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    The Enlightenment

    The Enlightenment was a time of thinking. Thinkers supported self government and peace. Writers of the Constitution looked to Enlightenment thinker John Locke's writings for inspiration.
  • Queen Anne's War Begins

  • Queen Anne's War Ends

    A.k.a the Peace of Utrecht
  • King George's War Begins

  • King George's War Ends

    Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle
  • French Indian War Begins

  • The Albany Congress Meets

  • French Indian War Ends

    The Treaty of Paris ended the French Indian War.
  • Declaration of Rights is Passed

  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre, also known as the Boston riot, was an incident on March 5, 1770, in which British redcoats killed five civilian men.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a direct action by colonists in Boston, a town in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the British government and the monopolistic East India Company that controlled all the tea coming into the colonies. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor.
  • Boston Port Act is Passed by Parliament

  • Administration of Justice and Massachusetts Government Acts are passed by Parliament

  • Quartering Act is passed by Parliament

  • First Continental Congress Convenes

  • Quebec Act is Passed by Parliament

  • Declaration of Rights and Grievances is passed

  • Articles of Association are Signed

  • American Revolution Begins

  • Second Continental Congress Convenes

  • Ben Franklin Presents a Plan for Confederation

  • Richard Henry Lee Introduces Independence Resolution

  • Declaration of Independance Adopted

    Declaration of Independance Adopted
  • Third Continental Congress Convenes

  • Articles of Confederation Proposed

  • Articles of Confederation Ratified

  • English Declare Hostilities at an End

  • America Declares Hostilities at an End

  • Revolutionary War Ends

    The Revolutionary War ended in the Treaty of Paris of 1783
  • Virginia Statute for Religous Freedom

    A document written by Thomas Jeffersom that the first amendment was based on. It ensured the seperation of church and state of Virginia. Accepted by Virginia in 1786.
  • Shays' Rebellion

    Shays' Rebellion
    Shays' Rebellion was and armed uprising in central and western Massachusetts form 1786-1787. It was named after Daniel Shays. A militia called the Shaysites had been created by Shay as a private army. The rebellion started on August 29, 1786. The Shaysites defeated an attack on the Springfield Armory on February 3, 1787, making their cause even more known to the people. They produced fears that the Revolution's democratic impulses had gotten out of hand.
  • Constitutional Convention Opens

  • Signing of the Constitution

    Signing of the Constitution
    On September 17, 1787, forty-two of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting. Only one item of business occupied the agenda that day, to sign the Constitution of the United States of America.
  • Final draft of the Constitution sent to Congress

  • Constitution Ratified

  • The Constitution Goes into Effect