VA, GA, NY, Massechusettes, NJ, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina,Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, New Hampshire,
Pennsylvania site of Washington's Continental army encampment during the winter of 1777-1778
Declaration of Independence
A 1776 document stating that the 13 colonies were a free and independent nation.
Articles of Confederation
1st American constitution, passed in 1777, which created a loose alliance of 13 independent states.
Gathering of state reps. on May 25, 1787, to revise the Articles of Confederation.
Plan at the Constitional Convention that called for a strong national gov't with 3 branches and a 2 chamber legislature.
New Jersey plan
Plan at the Constitutional Convention, favored by smaller states, that called for 3 branches of gov't with a single chamber legislature.
Settlement in which each side gives up some of its demands in order to reach an agreement.
Plan at the Constitutional Convention that settled the differences between large and small states.
Three- Fifths Comprimise
Agreement at the Constitutional Convention that 3 5ths of slaves in any state be counted in its population.
Signed in 1215, british document that contained 2 basic ideas: Monarchs had to obey the law, and citizens have basic rights.
The idea that no person could be held in prision without 1st being charged with a specific crime.
The Federalist Papers
Series of essays by Federalists James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay in support of ratifying the constitution.
Treaty of Paris
a 1763 agreement between Britain and France that ended the French and Indian War; peace treaty between the U.S. and Britain, ratified in 1783, that recognized the U.S. as an independent nation.