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Famous Documents

  • Period: Jan 1, 1200 to


  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    magna carta libertatum This document limited the powers of the king of England (John 1199-1216). It was brought on by nobles who wanted to secure their privileges. This is a landmark document which had far-reaching consequences at the time of it's writing and for hundreds of years after,
  • Declaration of Rights

    Declaration of Rights
    English Bill of Rights 1689 Listed James II mistakes & listed basic English citizens rights
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Taxation English Parliament imposed taxes on colonists by requiring them to purchase stamps to affix to official papers
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    In Congress This document signaled the birth of a nation, free from the rule of England and King George III.
  • U.S. Constitution

    U.S. Constitution
    We The People Established the U.S. government with three interacting parts: Executive, Judicial, and Legislative
  • Jay Treaty

    Jay Treaty
    The reason there would be peace between England and the U.S. even though it favored England.
  • Washington's Farewell Address

    Washington's Farewell Address
    The ideas contained in the Farewell Address served to guide the nation's future, particularly in regard to our foreign policy and international affairs.
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    Missouri was admitted as a slave state at the same time Maine was admitted as a free state. The Compromise also banned slavery north of the southern border of Missouri, with the exception of Missouri.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
    4 parts:
    1. President Monroe warned foreign nations not to interfere in affairs in the Western Hemisphere.
    2. Other nations could not set up colonies in the Americas
    3. An assurance that the United States would not interfere with any colonies that already existed in this hemisphere
    4. President Monroe promised that the United States would not get involved in disputes in Europe.
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford

    Dred Scott v. Sandford
    biographyA slave named Dred Scott took his case, to free himself from his master, to court. He lost the case but eventually secured his freedom.
  • Homestead Act

    Homestead Act
    Anyone could purchase land at a reduced price. This was meant to encourage people settle the land.
  • Pacific Railway Act

    Pacific Railway Act
    Congress authorized two companies to start building the transcontinental railroad to connect the two coasts of the country.
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    President Lincoln praised the efforts of the soldiers who died at Gettysburg. He said that the nation should look on their deaths as a call to finish their work - to reunite the nation.
  • 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
    Stated simply, slavery would no longer exist in the United States, or any other place over which the United States ruled.
  • Purchase of Alaska

    Purchase of Alaska
    United States gained the 49th state, the ability to control a great deal of the territory between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and valuable natural resources.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    Congress passed this amendment which forbids the states to deny any citizen the rights set up by federal laws.
  • Sherman Anti-Trust Act

    Sherman Anti-Trust Act
    The Act contains two articles designed to stop big busineses from misusing their power. the first article says that any form of trust, contract , or conspiracy to control trade is illegal. The second article says that trying to create a monopoly is against the law.
  • Treaty of Versailles

    Treaty of Versailles
    The United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Japan were the nations that actually decided the terms. Most of the treaty had to do with making Germany responsible for the damages it caused during World War I. Many historians claim that the Treaty of Versialles led to Adolph Hitler's rise to power.
  • 19th Amendment to the U.S. Contitution

    19th Amendment to the U.S. Contitution
    Neither the federal government nor the states could deny anyone the right to vote base on their gender.
  • 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
    This amendment repealed the 18th Amendment which made the sale and distribution of alchol illegal. The "Noble Experiment" was over.
  • Japanese Relocation Order - E.O. 9066

    Japanese Relocation Order - E.O. 9066
    All Nisei and Japanese people living on the West Coast had to leave their homes and businesses. Almost 112,000 people were forced to go to internment camps because the U.S. government thought they were a threat to national security. This was in response to the attack at Pearl Harbor where Japan destroyed most of the Pacific fleet of ships.
  • United Nations Charter

    United Nations Charter
    The main purpose of this document is to set up a group of nations that agree to help preserve world peace and international cooperation.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    After World War II ended, Europe was in ruins. 16 European nations agreed to set up the Organization for European Economic Recovery. The United States agreed to fund the plans. The money would go to European nation to pull themselves back from the brink of disaster.
  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    Landmark decision about segregation. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote up the Supreme Court decision. He said that, at least in the field of education, "the doctine of 'separate but ' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
  • John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

    John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address
    President Kennedy's speech asked the American people to help the United States join with other countries in eradicating disease, world hunger, and poverty. His famous line; "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country" was a way to say be helpful not selfish.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech

    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech
    This speech was a rallying call to all that heard it to support the Civil Rights Movement and equal rights for everyone.
  • Miranda v. Arizona

    Miranda v. Arizona
    The Supreme Court's decision drastically changed the way police treat a suspect. Under these conditions, the rights of the accused were protected. It is important to remember that , in our system of justice, you are innocent until proven guilty.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Civil Rights Act of 1964
    This was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. It stated that the government would no longer stand for discrimination of any kind. It was one of the strongest laws the nation ever adopted in the search for equal rights.