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Government

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  • Battle of Yorktown
  • SURRENDER!
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Individual State Constitutions
  • You're in my state! Follow our constitution!
  • General Cornwallis of Britain was surrounded at the Yorktown peninsula after disobeying orders and wanting to get resources from British ships. The Patriots and French surrounded him and his army and he surrendered,  leading to the end of the Revolutionary War.
  • Voting Rights
  • I voted!
  • The Articles of Confederation was the first constitution of the United States, made in 1777. This constitution led to many troubles with its loose alliance of the 13 independent states.
  • Daniel Shays' Rebellion
  • Most states had their own constitution, leading to conflicts between them. There was no central government power under the Articles of Confederation so conflicts could not be resolved by them.
  • Constitution Convention
  • During this time, there were many things that made you eligible to vote. You had to be over 21, male, white, own property, and pay taxes.
  • After the United States fell into a depression, Daniel Shay and a bunch of other farmers started revolting and attacking courthouses. The farmers were upset because they could not pay their taxes. Washington eventually ended this rebellion to try and keep his country together.
  • The Constitution Convention opened on May 25, 1787 to try and revise the Articles of Confederation.  Almost every state sent representatives to try and debate how they should change the Articles of Confederation.
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