Declaration of Independence: Written mostly by
Thomas Jefferson. It stated grievances (complaints) against
the Acts (taxes) place by the English King George III.
U.S. Constitution is created: At the Philadelphia
Convention, late known as Constitutional Convention,
delegates from the 13 states met to revise the Articles of
Civil War: War between the North (Union) and
the South (Confederacy) over State's Rights and slavery.
Main author of the Declaration of Independence. Became 3rd U.S. president during the Louisiana Purchase time.
"Father of the Constitution" and the Bill of Rights. One of the authors of the Federalist
papers arguing for a strong national government. Democratic-Republican and the 4th U.S. president.
Famous abolitionist. Born a slave, but fled to Massachusetts. Published abolitionistnewspaper, The North Star, and a best-selling autobiography.
Ulysses S. Grant
Commander of the Union Army during the Civil War. Later becomes 18th U.S. president.
16th U.S. President during the Civil War. Vowed to preserve the Union in his first
presidency, then during his second presidency, vowed to abolish slavery and make peace with the South.
movement to end slavery. Leaders: Frederick Douglass, Sojourner
Truth, William Lloyd Garrison
inspired from Europe, America saw its level of industry grow
which encouraged urbanization (the increased migration of more people to the city fromthe country farm life).
Opposed ratification (wanted more power for the states) and wanted a Bill of Rights for American citizens.
(1215) Limits power of the king to tax citizens and creates the rights for fair court trials. U.S. Constitution borrows these ideas.
Declaration of Independence
(1776) written mostly by Thomas Jefferson to list grievances against England.
Articles of Confederation
(1781) first U.S. Constitution which unified the colonies as states. Also gave the states more power than the national government.
(1787) Essays published in newspapers to
promote ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
1775-1781 American Revolution:
Between England and the 13 Colonies (America). The issue began with taxes on the colonies to repay the French and Indian War debt. Colonists were angered for having no colonial representatives in England to negotiate these taxes. Colonists win and become the United States of America.
Basic rights that cannot be taken away from people, such as "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." These rights are stated in the Declaration of Independence.
Checks and Balances
Each branch of government can check the power of the other two branches. Keeps the three branches balanced in power.
the idea that the U.S. was destined to expand from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean (11th President James K. Polk)
tax on imported goods designed to help U.S. companies. Tax made foreign goods expensive.
Separation of Powers
division of governmental power between three branches: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial
(Jan 1863) Given by President Lincoln, "frees" the slaves living in the Confederate States of America. Changes the purpose of the Civil War from preserving the Union to ending slavery as well.