Ratification of Constitution

Ratification of Constitution

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  • The first Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, from September 5, to October 26, 1774. All of the colonies except Georgia sent delegates. These were elected by the people, by the colonial legislatures, or by the committees of correspondence of the respective colonies. The colonies presented there were united in a determination to show a combined authority to Great Britain, but their aims were not uniform at all.
  • SEP 5, 1774 : First Continental Congress Meets
  • After the Battles of Lexington and Concord, a Second Continental Congress met on May 10, 1776, in the State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, now called Indepence Hall. This second Congress had a few delegates that hadn't been at The First Continental Congress. Some of those new and returning delegates included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and the new president of the Continental Congress, John Hancock.
  • MAY 10, 1775: Second Continental Congress Meets
  • MAR 1, 1781:   Articles of Confederation ratified 
  • The U.S. Articles of Confederation was a plan of government based upon the principles fought for in the American Revolutionary War, it contained crucial flaws. It had no power of national taxation, no power to control trade, and it provided for a comparatively weak executive. Therefore, it could not enforce legislation. It was a "league of friendship" which was opposed to any type of national authority.
  • Delegates from the states meet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to adress the problems caused by the United States operating under the Articles of Confederation. The Convention was intended to fix the Articles of Confederation so that the delegates would actually come. The real intention was to create a new government and abolish the Articles of Confederation.
  • NOV 30, 1787: Constitutional Convention opens
  • The rebellion started on August 29, 1786. It was precipitated by several factors: financial difficulties brought about by a post-war economic depression, a credit squeeze caused by a lack of hard currency, and fiscally harsh government policies instituted in 1785 to solve the state's debt problems. Protesters, including many war veterans, shut down county courts in the later months of 1786 to stop the judicial hearings for tax and debt collection.
  • AUG 29, 1786: Shays' Rebellion
  • The Constitution may have been ratified on this date but was not official until 30 April 1789 when they added the Bill of Rights, which established the fundamental rights of the United States citizens relieving the fears associated with the relatively strong government the Constitution provided.
  • JUN 21, 1788: Ratification of the Constitution
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