Orgins of American Government

  • Sep 10, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Great Charter forced upon King John of England by hid barons in 1215. This established that the power of the monarchy was not absolute and gaurenteed trial by jury and due process of the law to the nobility.
  • The Petition of Right

    The Petition of Right
    The Petition of Right is a constitutional document that sets out specific liberties of the subject that the king has prohibited. This was passed on 7 June 1628, the Petition contains restrictions on non-Parliamentary taxation, forced billeting of soldiers, imprisonment without cause, and restricts the use of martial law.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    The English Bill of Rights was a document written by Parkiment and agreed on by William and Mary of England in 1689. This was designated to prevent abuse of power by English Monarchs.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The Albany Plan of Union was proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1754 and aimed to unite the 13 colonies for trade, military, and other purposes. The plan was later turned down by the colonies and the Crown.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was an incident on King Street by the British. British Army soldiers killed five civilian men and injured six others.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    This was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston against the tax policy of the British government and the East India Company that controlled all the tea imported into the colonies.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from twelve British North American colonies that met on September 5, 1774, at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the 13 colonies. These meetings started on May 10, 1775 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania right after the American Revolutionary War began.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies would break off from the British Empire and become independent states. Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was the plan of government adopted by the Continental Congress after the American Revolution. They were an agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitution.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising that took place in central and western Massachusetts in 1786. The rebellion was named after Daniel Shays, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War and one of the rebel leaders.
  • Virginia Plan

    Virginia Plan
    The Virginia Plan was a proposal at the Constitutional Convention by Virginia delegates for a bicameral legislature which each states membership would be determined by its population or its financial support for the central government.
  • New Jersey Plan

    New Jersey Plan
    This plan included: 1.The Articles of Confederation should be amended. 2.In addition to the existing powers under the Articles of Confederation, Congress gained authority to raise funds via tariffs and other measures, and to regulate interstate commerce and commerce with other nations. Cases involving these powers would still be heard by state courts unless appealed to the federal judiciary.
  • Philadelphis Convention

    Philadelphis Convention
    The Philadelphia Convention took place from May 14 to September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address problems in governing the United States of America, which had been operating under the Articles of Confederation following independence from Great Britain.