Foundations of American Government

By dylzeno
  • John Peter Muhlenberg

    John Peter Muhlenberg
    on Jan. 21st, 1776 gave his famous speech at Lutheran Church in Woodstock, Virginia in which he removed his clerical robe to reveal his military uniform and walked out of the church with 162 newly enlisted men following him. This is significant to this unit because without JPM enlisting these men to fight for their freedom, fighting against Britain would be tougher than it already was.
  • John Trumbull Sr.

    John Trumbull Sr.
    When the Americans declared their independence from Britain, John Trumbull Sr. became the only British general to side with the colonist. This is significant to this unit because without John's military knowledge, the american militia would have no military knowledge at all.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    On July 4th, 1776 the Declaration of Independence is issued and signed by Benjamin Rush, John Witherspoon, John Hancock, Charles Carroll, John Trumbull Sr and many more. This document explained why the colonist wanted independence from Britain. This is one of the most important events in American History.
  • E Pluribus Unum

    E Pluribus Unum
    E Pluribus Unum meaning "out of many, comes one", is adopted as the first official American Motto in 1782.
  • U.S Constitution

    U.S Constitution
    The U.S constitution is signed on September 17th, 1787 This constitution established the basic structure of our national government.
  • John Jay

    John Jay
    On October 19th, 1789 George Washington appoints John Jay as the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    On December 15th, 1791 the Bill of Rights is passed, this includes the Fifth Amendment which states that citizens cannot be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, and the Eminent Domain which states the power of the government has over property in its territory.
  • Alex de Tocqueville

    Alex de Tocqueville
    In 1835 Alex de Tocqueville published his book "Democracy in America" after his 1831 visit to America. This book was one of the most influential books in the 19th century. The book now serves as a measure as to how much America has changed since this book was published in the 19th century. In this Book Tocqueville indentifies 5 values that were essential to America's success as a constitutional Republic: Egalitarianism (equality), Populism (popular sovereignty), Liberty, and Individualism.
  • In God We Trust

    In God We Trust
    in 1864 " In God We Trust" is adopted as the American Motto, replacing "E Pluribus Unum". In God We Trust still serves as our current motto and it appears on all American currency.