U.S. Government Timeline - EB

Timeline created by EBaldwin1
In History
  • 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    King John signed Magna Carta
    Moved from rule of man to rule of law
    Outlined individual rights which king could not violate
    Included taxation and trial provisions
  • 1215

    Limited Government

    Limited Government
    Started when King John signed the Magna Carta
  • Jamestown House of Burgesses

    Jamestown House of Burgesses
    Each charter guaranteed colonists the "rights of Englishmen"
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    Each charter guaranteed colonist the "rights of Englishmen"
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    King Charles required to sign the Petition of Rights
    Required monarchs to obtain Parliamentary
    Government could not unlawfully imprison people or establish military rule during times or peace
  • Individual Rights

    Individual Rights
    King Charles required to sign the Petition of Rights
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    English Bill of rights passed guaranteed free speech and protection form cruel and unusual punishment
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    First direct tax on paper good and legal documents
    Stamp Act Congress met to protest the tax and it was repealed
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    First direct tax on paper goods and legal documents
    Stamp Act Congress met to protest the tax and it was repealed
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    British soldiers fired into a crowd killing 5 colonists
  • Boston tea party

    Boston tea party
    Revolutionaries dumped British Tea into the harbor
  • Intolerable Act

    Intolerable Act
    Colonists were forced to "Quarter," or house British troops
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Signed by the delegates to the Second Continental Congress
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Massachusetts farmers rebelled over prospect of losing land
  • Northwest Ordinance

    Northwest Ordinance
    Established a plan for setting the northwest territory. Talked about how to split the land.
  • The Constitutional Convention

    The Constitutional Convention
    Drafting a new constitution
  • Judiciary Act

    Judiciary Act
    Established a 3 tiered judicial structure- 1 district courts 2 circuit courts 3 supreme court
  • Marbury vs. Madison

    Marbury vs. Madison
    Power of judicial review
  • 12th Amendment

    12th Amendment
    Allows the President to choose the VP
  • McCulloch vs. Maryland

    McCulloch vs. Maryland
    Power to tax is power to destroy
  • Gibbsons V. Ogden

    Gibbsons V. Ogden
    Right of a state legislature to award a monopoly to operate a steamship line between NY and NJ
  • Chief Justice John Marshall

    Chief Justice John Marshall
    1801-1835. Began to expand the power of the Supreme Court
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    1st national womans right convention in the US, called for equal rights in voting, education, and property
  • Dred Scott vs. Sandford

    Dred Scott vs. Sandford
    Slave sued his and his family's freedom after being taken to a free state
  • Morrill Act

    Morrill Act
    Granted large tracts of land to states. States sold land and used the money for colleges
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    Ended Chinese's immigration to the US
  • 16th Amendment

    16th Amendment
    Gave congress authority to set a federal income tax
  • 17th Amendment

    17th Amendment
    Direct election of Senators
  • 19th amendment

    19th amendment
    gave women the right to vote
  • Radio

    Radio became the first form of electronic media
  • Native Americans

    Native Americans
    Granted citizenship in 1924
  • Dual Federalism

    Dual Federalism
    1789-1930s both states and national governments were equally authorities operating within their own spheres of influence
  • United States v. Miller

    United States v. Miller
    Ruled 2nd amendment does not protect the right to have all types of weapons
  • US v. Darby

    US v. Darby
    Upheld fair Labor Standards Act. Commerce Clause allows congress to regulate employment conditions
  • Minersville School District vs. Gobits

    Minersville School District vs. Gobits
    The Supreme Court ruled that a child could be expelled for refusing to salute the American flag or recite the pledge
  • Executive Order 9066

    Executive Order 9066
    FDR required all people of Japanese descent on the West Coast to report to "War Relocation Centers"
  • West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette. Barnette

    West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette. Barnette
    Protects students from being forced to state of say the pledge in public schools
  • Korematsu v. The United States

    Korematsu v. The United States
    Upheld involuntary interment of ethnically Japanese American citizens
  • National Security Council

    National Security Council
    Coordinates national security policy
  • Hernandez v. Texas

    Hernandez v. Texas
    The first and only Mexican-American civil-rights case heard and decided by the United States Supreme Court
  • Brown v. Board

    Brown v. Board
    Ruled segregation is illegal, "Separate is inherently unequal"
  • Civil Rights Act of 1960

    Civil Rights Act of 1960
    Empowered the federal government to actively engage in voter registration in places where voting was discriminative
  • Great Society

    Great Society
    Government program to eliminate poverty and social inequality
  • Creative Federalism

    Creative Federalism
    Released national funds to achieve national goals
  • Edwards v. South Carolina

    Edwards v. South Carolina
    187 African-American students gathered at the state capitol to protect racial injustice
  • Equal Pay Act

    Equal Pay Act
    Established equal pay for men and women
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    Outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin
  • Miranda v. Arizona

    Miranda v. Arizona
    Expanded rights of people accused of crimes "Miranda rights"
  • Loving v. Virginia

    Loving v. Virginia
    Struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act

    Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    Protects people 40+ of age discrimination while hiring
  • Tinker v. Des Moines

    Tinker v. Des Moines
    Ruled that schools couldn't percent students from protesting the Vietnam War
  • War Power Resolution

    War Power Resolution
    President must consult with Congress before sending troops.
  • New Federalism

    New Federalism
    Returned some authority to state government
  • Americans with Disabilities Act

    Americans with Disabilities Act
    Prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life.
  • Issues in Federalism today

    Issues in Federalism today
    Congress gave states authority to manage welfares systems with block grants
  • Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996

    Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996
    Increased bored control
  • D.C v. Heller

    D.C v. Heller
    Ruled the 2nd Amendment protects an individuals right to keep and bear arms for self-defense
  • Obergefell v. Hodges

    Obergefell v. Hodges
    Ruled states must grant and recognize same sex marriage
  • Trump v. Hawaii

    Trump v. Hawaii
    Court ruled a ban on immigration from majority Muslim countries did not violate the Establishment Clause
  • McDonald v. Chicago

    McDonald v. Chicago
    Ruled 2nd Amendment applies to federal state and local governments upheld 2nd Amendment