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The Timeline of American Government

  • 1500 BCE

    Moses Ten Commandments

    . I am the LORD thy God. No other gods before me. No graven images or likenesses. Not take the LORD's name in vain.
  • 1500 BCE

    Ten Commandments

    I am the LORD thy God. No other gods before me. No graven images or likenesses. Not take the LORD's name in vain.
  • 600 BCE

    Old Testament

    Biblical idea of the covenant
  • 600 BCE

    Old Testament

    the first part of the Christian Bible, comprising thirty-nine books and corresponding approximately to the Hebrew Bible.
  • 100

    New Testament

    the second part of the Christian Bible, written originally in Greek and recording the life and teachings of Jesus and his earliest followers. It includes the four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, twenty-one epistles by St. Paul and others, and the book of Revelation.
  • 100

    New Testament

    the second part of the Christian Bible, written originally in Greek and recording the life and teachings of Jesus and his earliest followers.
  • 1215

    The Magna Carta

    a charter of liberties to which the English barons forced King John to give his assent in June 1215 at Runnymede. 2 : a document constituting a fundamental guarantee of rights and privileges.
  • 1215

    The Magna Carta

    a charter of liberties to which the English barons forced King John to give his assent in June 1215 at Runnymede. 2 : a document constituting a fundamental guarantee of rights and privileges.
  • Mayflower Compact

    was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the male passengers of the Mayflower, consisting of separatist Puritans, adventurers, and tradesmen.
  • Mayflower Compact

    was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the male passengers of the Mayflower, consisting of separatist Puritans, adventurers, and tradesmen
  • The Constitution of Conneticut

    is considered by many to be the state's first constitution, although it was adopted while the state was still an English colony. The document recognized no allegiance to England but instead an independent government.
  • English Bill of Rights

    is an act that the Parliament of England passed on December 16, 1689. The Bill creates separation of powers, limits the powers of the king and queen, enhances the democratic election and bolsters freedom of speech.
  • House of Lords

    is an act that the Parliament of England passed on December 16, 1689. The Bill creates separation of powers, limits the powers of the king and queen, enhances the democratic election and bolsters freedom of speech.
  • The Enlightment

    also known as the Age of Reason, was a philosophical movement that took place primarily in Europe and, later, in North America, during the late 17thand early 18thcentury.
  • French and Indian War

    A series of military engagements between Britain and France in North America between 1754 and 1763
  • Stamp Act

    an act of the British Parliament in 1765 that exacted revenue from the American colonies by imposing a stamp duty on newspapers and legal and commercial documents.
  • English Common Laws

    is that body of law derived from judicial decisions of courts and similar tribunals. ... The British Empire spread the English legal system to its historical colonies, many of which retain the common law system today.
  • 13 English Colonies

    in North America that joined together and became the United States of America after adopting the Declaration of Independence in 1776
  • Boston Tea Party

    a raid on three British ships in Boston Harbor (December 16, 1773) in which Boston colonists, disguised as Indians, threw the contents of several hundred chests of tea into the harbor as a protest against British taxes on tea and against the monopoly granted the East India Company.
  • First Continental Congress

    was a meeting of delegates from twelve of the Thirteen Colonies who met from September 5 to October 26, 1774, at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, early in the American Revolution.
  • Second Continental Congress

    a convention of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies that started meeting in the spring of 1775 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It succeeded the First Continental Congress, which met in Philadelphia between September 5, 1774, and October 26, 1774.
  • Declaration of Independence

    as the formal statement written by Thomas Jefferson declaring the freedom of the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain.
  • Articles of Confederation

    the original constitution of the US, ratified in 1781, which was replaced by the US Constitution in 1789.
  • The Constitution

    a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed.