Forming the American Government

  • Revolutionary War

    Revolutionary War
    The war started between Great Britain and North America. It was started because colonists in Great Britain were opposed to the Stamp Act of 1765, which was a tax that was directed at the American British Colonies
  • Declaration of Independance

    Declaration of Independance
    The declaration of independance seperated the United States from Great Britain for once and for all. It also was the start of a nation that was seen as a joke.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The articles of Confederation was a constitution drafted by the newly independant state in 1777 and ratified in 1781 it created weak national government. It was a poorly made document because it had a lot of holes in it, for example there was no judicial branch, states had the power to turn down congress at the request of deploying their army.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Shay's Rebellion was a group of Ex-Revolutionary War soldiers uprising in massachussettes to prevent courts from sitting and prosecuting people because they cannot afford to pay the heavy tax that massachussettes put on their people. This was a real eye opener to the government that the Articles of Confederation were a bad way to run the government because they realized that they have no power over the people without an executive and legislative branch.
  • Constitutional Conventions

    Constitutional Conventions
    The constitutional conventions was a long and painful process of basically fixing the Articles of confederation, there were 55 delegates attending these conventions and it was miserable in the fact that it was a very brutal summer in Philly that year and they were all locked in rooms, no A/C all under secrecy, the result was the Constitution.
  • Ratification of the Constitution

    Ratification of the Constitution
    This was a releaving day to all of the delegates that had been creating this document since May earlier that year. For two days congress had debated whether to dissaprove the delegates at the conventions for exceeding their authority by creating a new form of governemnt, but the conflict was dropped and the document was ratified.
  • Bill of Rights Ratification

    Bill of Rights Ratification
    It is the first ten ammendments of the Constitution and it limits power to the government. It was made to protect the natrual rights and libert of the people.