Foundations of American Government

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  • Charles Carroll

    Charles Carroll
    He took place in the burning of the British ship, the Peggy Stewart. He was elected to the Continental Congress and he signed the Declaration of Independence.
  • John Peter Muhlenberg

    John Peter Muhlenberg
    He was a Lutheran Minister, and the 8th Virginia Regiment Commander in the Revolutionary War. He used his sermons to recruit people to the war. He was also the US Senator of Pennsylvania.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    This document declared the 13 American colonies free independent states, from the Kingdom of Great Britain. This made way for them to form their own government. It was adopted by the Second Continental Congress and signed by 56 men. It was composed of three parts.
  • John Hancock

    John Hancock
    John Hancock is most famous for his excessively large signature on the Declaration of Independence. He is one of the founding fathers and was the governor of Massachusetts.
  • John Witherspoon

    John Witherspoon
    He was appointed by John Hancock as the Congressional Chaplin. He helped draft the Articles of Confederation. He also signed the Declaration of Independence.
  • Benjamin Rush

    Benjamin Rush
    One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was a Surgeon General in the Continental Army. He signed the Declaration of Independence.
  • "E Pluribus Unum"

    "E Pluribus Unum"
    This means "Out of many, one." It refers to how the American colonies banded together to defeat the British, and form the United States of America. It is on the seal of the United States.
  • U.S. Constitution

    U.S. Constitution
    The Constitution of the United States is the document that formed the American government. It laid out how things would work. It is considered the "supreme law" of America.
  • Fifth Amendment

    Fifth Amendment
    The Fifth Amendment was in the Bill of Rights. It guarantees the right to a grand jury to decide if a trial should be held, and forbids double jeopardy. It also talks about what later became known as the Miranda Warning, and persons right to due process. The final part of the Fifth Amendment establishes eminent domain.
  • Eminent Domain

    Eminent Domain
    Eminent Domain means that the government can take private property for public use. However the government must provide compensation, as stated in the Fifth Amendment.
  • John Jay

    John Jay
    Delegate at the First Continental Congress. Founding father of the U.S. 1st Chief Justice. 1st Secretary of State.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Rights is the name of the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. It was written by James Madison. These amendments are still in effect today. They helped set out the peoples rights under the new american government.
  • John Trumbell

    John Trumbell
    He painted a picture depicting the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Alexis de Tocqueville

    Alexis de Tocqueville
    He traveled to America to study our prison systems from France in 1831. He ended up writing a book entitled "Democracy In America". He also described five principals key to american democracy's success, Liberty, Egalitarianism, Individualism, Populism, and Laissez-Faire.
  • "In God We Trust"

    "In God We Trust"
    This saying become mandatory on all coins and and is the national motto.