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US Government Timeline SO

  • 1215

    Magna Carta Signing

    Magna Carta Signing
    King James signed the Magna Carta, laying the foundation for the Right of Law, meaning no one is exempt from the law.
  • 1492

    America Discovered

    America Discovered
    Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean and found America, thinking it was India
  • The Quartering Acts

    The Quartering Acts
    Britain adds extra taxes and starts the conflict that lead to the Revolutionary War.
  • Revolutionary War Start

    Revolutionary War Start
    The beginning of the Revolutionary War
  • Declaration of Independace

    Declaration of Independace
    The Declaration of Independence was signed, meaning we finally have independence.
  • Revolutionary War End

    Revolutionary War End
    We win the revolutionary War and our independence
  • Constitution Signed

    Constitution Signed
    The constitution was signed, meaning we finally have a government
  • George Washington Becomes President

    George Washington Becomes President
    George Washington became the first president and set the bar for future presidents
  • Bill of Rights Signed

    Bill of Rights Signed
    The Bill of Rights was signed, further establishing our government and protecting the citizens
  • 1st Amendment: Freedom of religion and expression

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  • 2nd Amendment: Right to bear arms

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
  • 3rd Amendment: Quartering Soldiers

    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: Search and Seizure

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • 5th Amendment: Rights of Persons

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
  • 6th Amendment: Rights of accused in Criminal Prosecution.

    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
  • 7th Amendment: Civil trials

    In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
  • 8th Amendment: Further Guarantees in in Criminal Cases

    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
  • 9th Amendment: Unenumerated Rights

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
  • 10th Amendment: Reserved Powers

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
  • 11th Amendment: Suits Against States

    The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.
  • Marbury V. Madison

    Marbury V. Madison
    Landmark Supreme Court Case: Established Judicial Review
  • 12th Amendment: Election of President

    This one described the process of electing a new president.
  • McCulloch V Maryland

    McCulloch V Maryland
    Established implied powers.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
    The Monroe Doctrine made it so that the US interfered less with Europe in exchange for Europe stopping the colonization of the US
  • Civil War Start

    Civil War Start
    The beginning of the Civil War.
  • Civil War End

    Civil War End
    The Civil War ended, meaning slavery ends and the strong central government wins.
  • Amendment 13: Slavery and Involuntary Servitude

    Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
  • Brown V. Board of Education

    Brown V. Board of Education
    Landmark Supreme court case: decided separate was not equal