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King George

King of England during the war and passed the acts that were the causes of the Revolution

Stamp Acts

: The people of England felt that the colonists weren't paying their dues still. So Parliament passed the stamp act of 1765. The law obliged Americans to purchase and use specially marked or stamped paper for newspapers, customs documents, wills, contracts, and other public legal documents.

Boston Tea party

protest against increased tea prices in which colonists dumped british tea into boston harbor

Intolerable Acts

The laws passed by the British Parliament in 1774 that closed Boston Harbor, dissolved the Massachusetts assembly, and forced Boston colonists to house British soldiers.

First Continental Congress

The assembly of colonial delegates from every colony except Georgia that met in 1774 in Philadelphia to oppose the Intolerable Acts.

Second Continental Congress

a governing body whose delegates agreed, in May 1775, to form the Continental Army and to approve the Declaration of Independence

John Hancock

1737-1793. Patriot leader and president of the Second Continental Congress; first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

George Washington

Military commander of the American Revolution. He was the first elected president of the United States (1789-1799).

Declaration of Independence

Written by Thomas Jefferson. Declared that the colonies officially wanted to seperate from Britain. Listed the wrongs done by the king.

Thomas Jefferson

author of the Declaration of Independence

Articles of Confederation

a weak constitution that governed America during the Revolutionary War

Constitutional Convention

A meeting of delegates in 1787 to revise the Articles of Confederation, which produced a totally new constitution still in use today.

Virginia Plan

Virginia delegate James Madison's plan of government, in which states got a number of representatives in Congress based on their population

New Jersey Plan

New Jersey delegate William Paterson's plan of government, in which states got an equal number of representatives in Congress

Conneticut Compromise

senate will have equal representation from all states and house reps will be based on population

3/5ths Compromise

an agreement at the Constitutional Convention to count a slave as three-fifths of a person when determining the population of a State

Interstate Commerce

commerce between two or more states which can be regulated by the federal government.

Slave Trade

The business of capturing, transporting, and selling people as slaves


one who favored ratification of the U.S. Constitution in the 1780s; a member of the Federalist party, which believed in a strong national government

Anti Federalist

an individual who opposed the ratification of the new Constitution in 1787. The Anti-Federalists were opposed to a strong central government.

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