Events Leading up to the Constitution

  • Jun 25, 1215

    Magna carta

    Limited the powers of the king. Used as a model for the colonists when making laws.
  • Mayflower compact

    It was written by the people fleeing from Great Britain. Gave them freedom from GB.
  • Thomsa Hobbles, Leviathan

    Believes that everyone should have natural rights. People still have natural rights to this day.
  • John Locke, Two Treatises on Government

    Believes that every man should govern themselves according to gods law.Laws should be made for the protection and regulation of property.
  • English Bill of Rights

    States that making laws and making big decissions without consulting parliament is illegal. Also prosecuting people for speaking their mind is Illegal.
  • Jean-Jacques Rosseau, The social contract

    Everyone is free and everyone has the same rights. Also states that there should be 2 parts of a society, the people and the government.
  • The social contract

    no one should be a slave. everyone should be free
  • On the spirit of laws

    Describes three main kinds of politicol systems, republican, monarchial, anddespotic. Wanted to preserve public liberty.
  • treatise on Tolerance

    Calls for tolerance between religouns. Has indicamint against superstitions surrounding religouns.
  • On crime and punishment

    Was for the death penalty. Was for criminal justice.
  • First continental congress

    Called for boycott of british goods, tought americans to protest if they felt something was wrong.
  • second continental congress

    Formed an army to fight revolutionary war. Acted as an officaial government system.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declared independence from Great Britain. Told what all of our new rules would be.
  • Articles of confederation

    established the United States as a confederation.
  • Treaty of Paris

    The treaty that ended the Revilutionary war.
  • Shays Rebellion

    Armed uprising that took place in Massachucetts. Lead by daniel shay, and fueled by perceived economic terrorism and growing disaffection with State and Federal governments.
  • Philidelphia convention

    Addressed the problems of the AoCF. gave the government more power.
  • Ancient Rome

    From 509 BC to 49C. The romans developed many of the justice rules that we still use today. These rules were writen down on tablets.
  • Ancient Greece

    In 5th century Bc. They formed the idea of democracy. without democracy nothing would be the same.