U.S Government Timeline-ES

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Royal charter of rights agreed to by King John England.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    Political protest, revolutionaries dumped British Tea into the harbor.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    13 colonies declared their independence from Great Britain
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Adopted by the Continental Congress and served as the United States' first constitution.
  • The Constitutional Convention

    The Constitutional Convention
    To write a new constitution and set aside the Articles of Confederation.
  • The fight for Ratification

    The fight for Ratification
    Delware was the first state to ratify the Constitution
  • Federalist Papers

    Federalist Papers
    Defended the new constitution.
  • Dual Federalism

    Dual Federalism
    Both state and national governments were equal authorities operating within their own spheres of influence.
  • Naturalization

    Legal process by which an immigrant becomes a citizen
  • Second Amendment

    Second Amendment
    Protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
  • First amendment

    First amendment
    Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
  • 5th Amendment

    5th Amendment
    A right against forced self-incrimination
  • 3rd Amendment

    3rd Amendment
    No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
  • 4th Amendment

    4th Amendment
    Protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.
  • 7th Amendment

    7th Amendment
    Citizens' civil cases can be heard and decided upon by a jury of their peers.
  • 6th Amendment

    6th Amendment
    Guarantees the rights of criminal defendants.
  • 8th Amendment

    8th Amendment
    protects against imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishments
  • 9th Amendment

    9th Amendment
    Rights, retained by the people, that are not listed in the Constitution.
  • 10th Amendment

    10th Amendment
    Federal government only has the powers that are in the Constitution.
  • 11th Amendment

    11th Amendment
    Prohibits the federal courts from hearing certain lawsuits against states.
  • 12th Amendment

    12th Amendment
    Separate election of the president and vice president by the electoral college.
  • Dred Scott v. Sanford

    Dred Scott v. Sanford
    Dred Scott was a slave who tried to sue for his and his family's freedom and it was called the greatest disaster of the Supreme Court.
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    This amendment abolished slavery.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    Granted citizenship and equal civil and legal rights to anyone born in the US or anyone who became a citizen.
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    The right of citizens to vote no matter the race, color, or previous condition of servitude
  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    Sherman Antitrust Act
    Prevented monopiles
  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Plessy v. Ferguson
    Ruled segregation was legal so as long as facilities were equal. Also know as separate but equal.
  • 16th Amendment

    16th Amendment
    Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on income.
  • 17th Amendment

    17th Amendment
    Allows voters to pass direct votes for U.S senators.
  • 18th Amendment

    18th Amendment
    Prohibited manufacture, sale, or transportation of liquors.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    Right of U.S citizens to be able to vote no matter what sex they are.
  • 20th Amendment

    20th Amendment
    Changed the original date for president and vice president's term from March 4th to January 20th.
  • FDR's New Deal

    FDR's New Deal
    Series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms, and regulations enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 21st Amendment

    21st Amendment
    It ended the Prohibition of alcohol in the US.
  • U.S v. Darby

    U.S v. Darby
    Upheld fair labor standards act; commerce clause allows congress to regulate employment conditions
  • 22nd Amendment

    22nd Amendment
    No one should be elected into office more than 2 terms.
  • Civil Rights movement

    Civil Rights movement
    A mass movement to guarantee the civil rights of African-Americans.
  • Great Society

    Great Society
    Government program to to eliminate poverty and social inequality.
  • 23rd Amendment

    23rd Amendment
    Extend right to vote in the presidential election to citizens residing in the District of Columbia by granting the District electors in the Electoral College, as if it were a state.
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    Outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
  • 24th Amendment

    24th Amendment
    Prohibited states from requiring payment of a poll tax as a condition for voting in federal elections
  • 25th Amendment

    25th Amendment
    Vice president becomes president if anything were to happen to the president during his term in office.
  • Miranda v. Arizona

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

    Loving v. Virginia
    struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage
  • Tinker v. Des Moines

    Tinker v. Des Moines
    Ruled schools couldn't prevent students from protesting the Vietnam War.
  • 26th Amendment

    26th Amendment
    Right for an 18 year old or older to be able to vote.
  • New Federalism

    New Federalism
    Returned some authority to state governments.
  • 27th Amendment

    27th Amendment
    Prevents members of congress from giving themselves pay raises during the current season.
  • D.C v. Heller

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

    Obergefell v. Hodges
    States must grant and recognize same-sex marriage.