Foundations of American Government

  • John Jay

    He was a menber of the New York Committee of Correspondence. He was also a member of the Continental Congress. He was the youngest member at the age of 28 the first year he attended the first Continental Congress. Signed the DoI
  • Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence was a very important document in the US. It is what set us apart from England and made us our own country. The DOI was signed by 56 men.
  • E Pluribus Unum

    This is the motto of the United States of America. It means out of many states we are one. This is used in the pledge of aligence.
  • John Hancock

    John was one of the signers of the DoI. He was also the 1st and 3rd Governor of Massachusetts. He also was the President of the Continental Congress.
  • US Constitution

    The United States Constitution is the supreme law. The document created the 3 branches of government. Judicial, Legislative, and Executive. It has been amended (Added another part) 27 times. The first ten amendments are considered the Bill of Rights.
  • Charles Carroll

    He was the US Senator from Maryland. He was in office March 4, 1789. He was part of the Federalist political party. He was also a rich land owner in maryland and started school at the age of 8
  • Fifth Amendment

    The fifth amendment was introduced into the Constitution by James Madison. To sum up the Amendment it states that A defendant cannot be punished for using the right to remain silence in a criminal trial.
  • Bill of Rights

    The Bill of Rights is a very important document to the USA. It states all the rights and freedoms of the people that are US citizens. The Bill of Rights can be changed whenever it needs to be and that is what sets it apart from other countrys rights and freedoms.
  • John Witherspoon

    John was a Clergyman and the President of Princeton University.
    He was known for signing the DoI. He was a very important man in US history. He died November 15, 1794
  • Benjamin Rush

    This man did alot of stuff. He was a physician, professor, and a writer. He was also a Member of Congress. He was Tresurer of the US Mint where he served from 1797 to 1813. He was also a signer of the DoI.
  • John Peter Muhlenberg

    John was an american clergyman and a continental army soldier. He was part of the Democratic-Republican party. He was also a Senator. On this particular date he was elected to be in the US House of Representatives.
  • John Trumbull

    He is the artist that painted the (oil on canvas) Declaration of Independence in the US Capitol Rotunda. It was based on a smaller painting that was depicting the same scene.
  • Alexis de Tocqueville

    He was a French writer who was wondering why the US government was succeeding and so he traveled here and came up with 5 reasons it was succeding. Liberty, Individualism, Egalitarianism, Populism, and Laissez-faire.
  • Eminent Domain

    It is a Law: the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation. This is a very important Law.
  • In God We Trust

    In God We Trust was the motto the US adopted in 1956. It was a replacement for the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum. It was added to the Dollar bills in the US.
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    Foundation of American Government