Road to the Constitution

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    This document ensured that King John would respect fuedel rights,and privleges,uphold the freedom of the church,and mantain the nation's laws. It was of historical significance to the constitutional development of England. This document was signed by King John in Runnymede on the River Thames.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    This document was written by separitists fleeing from religous persecution by King James of England. This event is significant because it was the first governing document of Plymouth county. This document was written to escape the power of King James.
  • Petition of Rights

    Petition of Rights
    (This is a photograph of the Petition of Rights.)This is a site that I used to get some information on the Petition of Rights (mainly on what some of King Charles I's violations were that prompted the Petition of Rights) In response to King Charles I breaking up Parliament and ruling England on his own, Pariament member Sir Edward Coke presented the Petition of Rights. It cited the Magna Carta and reminded Charles I that Englishmen were given their rights by the law, not the king. The petition focused on Charles's violations of the law and said that the king himself was not above the law. His violations of the law included non-parliamentary taxation, the use of martial law and forcing billets,
  • Petition of Rights

    (I found more information on the violations of King Charles I on this site.) imprisonments without trial, "denying Englishmen due process, protection from unjust seizure of property or imprisonment, [and] the right to a trial by jury of fellow Englishmen." King Charles I accepted this petition but then soon broke his word und continued his violations.
  • English Bill of Rights

    These Bill of Rights lays down limits on the powers of the crown and sets out the rights of parliment. This event is significant because it was one of the inspirations for the United States Bill of Rights. This document was signed by William and Mary. Some rights layed down by this document include no royal interference with the law, no standing army may be maintained during time of speech, and freedom of speech.
  • French an Indian War

    This event was a war between the French and English. Other groups involved were various native american groups such as the Iroquios and Algonquins. Some major battles in this event include Battle of Fort Necessity, Battle of Osewgo,and the Battle of Louisburg. At the end of the war the British were victoroius. This war made us break further apart from Britian.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The ALbany Plan of Union was created to create a unified government for the 13 colonies. Benjamin Franklin suggested this plan. The plan never happened until after the revolution. The join or die cartoon was made from the Albany Plan. The cartoon was created by Benjamin Franklin. The signifigance of the Albany Plan of Union was that it was the first plan to govern all of the colonies.
  • First Continental Congress

    This event was a convention of delegates from 12 different colonies that met in Philadelphia. Some people involved were Patrick Henry, George Washington, and Samuel Adams. As a result of this meeting the colonies agreed to boycott British goods. This meeting took place in Phildelphia and its signifigance is its the first ever meeting of congress in Americas history.
  • King George 3 takes power

    King George 3 toke pwer of Great Britian and during his long reign he oversaw many wars. His rule lasted the longest of any king in Britian's history. His signifigance was that he was the king of Britian during the Revolutionary war. He tried to take control of the colonies after the French and Indian wars which ended up resulting in the AMerican Revolution.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    (This is an image of scene in which colonists are rioting about the Stamp Act in New York.)The Stamp Act was a British attempt to cover the costs of the 7 Years War (French and Indian War). "The act taxed virtually every piece of paper that passed through the colonies, from newspapers to legal documents and even including playing cards and dice." The Act taxed not only the American colonists, but it also taxed British citizens. In order to enfore this act, Britain stationed British troops in America. The colonial leaders responded to the Stamp Act through the quote, "No taxation
  • The Stamp Act

    without representation." Patrick Henry instigated the Virginia House of Burgesses into passing the Stamp Act Resolves, which declared all taxes illegal unless opposed by the House of Burgesses.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a culmination of tensions in the American colonies since the British troops had been sent over. In the massacre 5 colonists were killed. Some acts being enforeced that led up to the massacre include high taxes and an unwanted presence of British troops in the colonies. The signfigance of this event is that it was a springboard for the American Revolution.
  • Boston Tea Party

    The tea party was a culmination of resisitance towards the British and their tea act which set high taxes on items such as tea. This event was organized by the Sons of Liberty in the Boston harbor. The British government responded harshley and this event his significant because it help led into the Revoluitonary War.
  • The Intolerable Acts

    (On this site, this is where I found most of my information on the Intolerable Acts.)Also known as the "Coercive Acts," the Intolerable Acts were a series of acts that were designed to be a punishment towards the Boston colonists for the destruction of the 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India Company, the Boston Tea Party. The Acts closed the Boston Harbor until the owners of the tea were compensated, it permitted only food and firewood to be brought into the port, it banned town meetings, and it increased the authority of the royal governor. General Gage, the
  • The Intolerable Acts

    commander of the North American forces, was also appointed governor of Massachusetts. British troops and officials would now be tried outside Massachusetts for crimes of murder. British officials were also granted greater freedoms in housing their soldiers in private dwellings. The five acts of the Intolerable Acts were the Boston Port Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, the Administration of Justice Act, the Quartering Act, and the Quebec Act. The Quebec Act recognized the Roman Catholic
  • The Intolerable Acts

    Church as the established church in Quebec. It also established that an appointed council, rather than an elected body, would make the major decisions for the colony, and that the boundary of Quebec extended into the Ohio Valley.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
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Revere's ride preceded the Battle of Lexington. Paul Revere rode along the country side warning certain predetermined men so that the patriot militia could prepare for the British troops marching to Concord. The town of Lexington, Massachusetts, saw the first shots and battle of the Revolutionary war as the British marched to confiscate munitions at Concord. The battle of Lexington occurred because General Thomas Gage, a loyalist to the king received secret instructions from Dartmouth to
  • Lexington and Concord

    take the Patriot's weapons in order to prevent riots against themselves. The British met up with patriots ready to fight in Lexington, and a battle resulted. Captain John Parker was the patriot's leader at Lexington. When the British and the patriot's met, he and a British officer ordered his men not to shoot. He even ordered his men to disband in order to ease the commotion, but his men could not hear him. In total, eight men died (all colonists), and ten were injured during the battle at
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington. According to many this battle was known as the "shot heard 'round the world" that signified the beginning of the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Concord in Massachusetts marked the start of the Revolutionary War. In the battle the patriot militia got a victory that "inspired the Americans to believe that it might be possible to secure independence, despite the powerful British military.” Colonel James Barrett was the leader of the American militia in the Battle of Concord.
  • Lexington and Concord

    (At this site I found some information on other generals that were involved in the battles of Lexington and Concord.)During the battle, the American militia used guerilla tactics to fight the British. The Americans eventually inflicted 300 British casualties, including 73 deaths. Other generals of both battles include the British generals Colonel Francis Smith and Marine Major John Pitcairn.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    (This painting depicts a scene of the Second Continental Congress, with the writers of the Declaration of Independence standing.)The Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and remained in session throughout the Revolutionary War. It met because many colonists were outraged due to the Coercive Acts, the Intolerable Acts, and other restrictive measures that were passed by Congress. At this meeting, the delegates discussed war and all of the things that they needed for war: an army; the lack of funding, ammunition, rations for the soldiers, and soldiers. This Congress also constructed a group to be the head of
  • Second Continental Congress

    foreign relations. At the Congress most of the delegates did not want to break free of Britain's power over them. Many just wanted to settle the score between them and then become united again. Through this belief, the Congress sent an "olive branch" petition to appeal King George III asking for peace and declaring their loyalty to him. King George III refused to receive this petition and declared the colonies to be rebellious. A year later the Second Continental Congress wrote the
  • Second Continental Congress

    Declaration of Indepence. John Hancock was the president of the Second Continental Congress. Initially Peyton Randolph was appointed as the president, but he was summoned back to Virginia to preside over the House of Burgesses. In his place, Thomas Jefferson replaced him in the Virginia delegation. Benjamin Franklin was one of the representatives for Pennsylvania.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence
    (This is a photograph of the Declaration of Independece as it was written.)In response to King George III's rallies against the rebellious colonies, the enlargment of Britain's army and navy, and being in the middle of a war, the Revolutionary War; the Continental Congress created the Declaration of Independence. It was mainly written by Thomas Jefferson with the help of John Adams, Robert R. Livingston, and Benjamin Franklin. The 3 major parts of the Declaration are where it discusses that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain
  • The Declaration of Independence

    [This is a 4 minute video about Thomas Jefferson and the Continental Congress and the writing of the Declaration of Independence.](At this site one can find a typed copy of the Declaration of Independence.)unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, "natural rights" (the Preamble) the grievances that the colonists have against the crown (body); and finally the declaration of the colonies independence from the king of England (conclusion).
  • The Articles of Confederation

    (I used this site to obtain an overview to what the Articles of Confederation were)The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation on November 15, 1777, but the ratification of it by all thirteen states did not occur until March 1, 1781. "The Articles created a loose confederation of sovereign states and a weak central government, leaving most of the power with the state governments." There was an apparent need for a stronger Federal government which led to Constitutional Convention in 1787.
  • The Articles of Confederation

    (At this site, this is where I found some of the successes and some of the failures of the Articles.)It was written by John Dickinson of Pennyslyvania. The first president who would be under the Articles would be John Hanson (1782). Some successes of the Articles were that "Congress was given jurisdiction over foreign relations with the authority to make treaties and alliances; Congress could make war and peace, maintain
  • The Articles of Confederation

    army and navy, coin money, establish a postal service, and manage Indian affairs; [and] it could establish admiralty courts and it [could] serve as the last resort on appeal of disputes between the states." Some failures of the Articles were that the new Congress could not levy taxes, Congress could not regulate commerce ("revenue would come from the states, each contributing according to the value of privately owned land within its borders"), and in order to amend the Articles, the
  • The Articles of Confederation

    legislatures of all thirteen states would have to agree.
  • The Treaty of Paris (1783)

    The Treaty of Paris (1783)
    (This is a painting of the signing of the Treaty of Paris (1783). I believe that the man standing in the background (way back) is Benjamin Franklin.)It ended the Revolutionary War that was primarily being fought between Britain and the United States of America. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, and Henry Laurens were all representatives from the United States who took part in signing it. Through the Treaty of Paris, the new boundaries of the United States would be the boundaries of 1763 extending west to the Mississippi River (between the Atlantic Ocean on the east to the Mississippi River on the west, and from the 49th parallel and
  • The Treaty of Paris (1783)

    Great Lakes on the north to the 31st parallel on the south [everything east of the Mississippi except the Floridas and New Orleans]). Through The Treat of Paris, the British finally recognized the Declaration of Independece (of the United States).
  • Start of Constitutional Convention

    (This site is where I found most of my information on the Annapolis Convention/ The start of the Constitutional Convention)
    The Annapolis Convention was held to discuss some issues of interstate trade. Only 12 delegates total came to this convention, representing just five states (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia). Alexander Hamilton, on September 14, introduced a
  • Start of Constitutional Convention

    resolution that called for "the convening of a special convention to amend the weak Articles of Confederation for a number of serious defects." The convention unanimously adopted this resolution, but their authority was limited due to the lack of delegates. This convention ultimately led to a similar convention in July 1787 known as the Constitutional Convention which decided on a new form of government based around a new constitution, which would be the U.S. Constitution.