Jamie Morris- Constitution Timeline

  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Americans were not willing to pay the Britishs high taxes, so instead of accepting their tea when it came to the dock, the waited till the night to make their move. That's when they dressed in disguise and dumped all the tea in the harbor.
  • First Continental Congress meets

    First Continental Congress meets
    The first Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia. All of the colonies except Georgia sent delegates. The colonies presented there were united in a determination to show a combined authority to Great Britain. The objectives of the body were not entirely clear but, with such leadership as was found there, a core set of tasks was carried out. It was agreeable to all that the King and Parliament must be made to understand the grievances of the colonies.
  • Declaration of Rights and Grievances is passed

    Declaration of Rights and Grievances is passed
    Taxes imposed on American colonies by the British government without the express formal consent of the colonists themselves was unconstitutional.
  • Constitutional Congress opens

    Constitutional Congress opens
  • Revolutionary War begins

    Revolutionary War begins
    The American people wanted freedom from the British, they didn't want people an ocean away telling them what to do. The British government was making the American colonies pay the debt for the french and Indian war. The british kept charging high taxes.
  • Second Continental Congress meets

    Second Continental Congress meets
    On May 10, 1775, members of the Second Continental Congress met at the State House in Philadelphia. The meeting started with the battle of Lexington and Concord fresh in their memories. The New England militia were still encamped outside of Boston trying to drive the British out of Boston. The Second Continental Congress established the militia as the Continental Army to represent the thirteen states.
  • Signing of the Declaration of Indedependence

    Signing of the Declaration of Indedependence
    Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. The declaration of Independence outlines the freedoms and truths that everyone holds.
  • Articles of Confederation is signed

    Articles of Confederation is signed
    Articles of Confederation was the first constitution of the United States of America and legally established the union of the states. The articles set the rules for operations of the United States Confederation. It has the capability of making war, negotiating diplomatic agreements and resolving issues regarding western territories.
  • Revolutionary War ends

    Revolutionary War ends
    The British were surrounded by the Americans on land, and by the French in the ocean. After the British surrendered, Cornwallis was so embarrassed that he sent his second in command, so Washington had to also send his second in command.
  • Final draft of the Contituion signed

    Final draft of the Contituion signed
    It was signed by 38 of 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. It explained the rough organization of the three branches, how they would interact with the states, and how the document could be amended.