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United States Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was a charter forced upon King John of England by his barons. It established that the power of the monarchy was not absolute and guaranteed trial by jury and due process of law to the nobility.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    The English Bill of Rights is a document that was written by Parliment and agreed on by William and Mary in 1689. It was designed to prevent abuse of power by English monarchs.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    Benjamin Franklin proposed a plan that aimed to unite the thirteen colonies for trade, military, and other puposes. The plan was turned down by the colonies and the crown.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    A group of men, disguised as Native Americans, boarded three tea ships in Boston Harbor. They dumped the ship's cargo into the sea in protest of British control of tea trade.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Delegates from every colony except Georgia met in Philadelphia from September 5 to October 26. They sent a Declaration of Rights to King George III protesting colonial policies.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Delegates from every colony met in Philadelphia three weeks after the start of the Revolutionary War. John Hancock was chosen president of the Continental Congress They created a continental army and appointed George Washington as commander-in-chief.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was primarily written by Thomas Jefferson and adoped by the Second Continental Congress. It stated that the colonies were independent states no longer under the control of Great Britain.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was a plan of government adopted by the Continental Congress after the American Revolution. It established a "firm league of friendship," among the states, but gave few powers to the central government. It was later replaced by the Constitution.