A Nation of Law

A Nation of Law

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The development of government in America. 1776-1789.

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  • The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Adopted in 1777.
  • After several rounds of changes an updates, the Articles are submitted to the States for ratification. By 1781, all states had ratified this document.
  • Articles of Confederation
  • ready for ratification
  • 1787: Northwest Ordinance This serves as a revision of the earlier ordinance and establishes, amongst other things, that slavery is prohibited from the new region.
  • 1784: Land Ordinance Drafted by Thomas Jefferson and accepted by Congress, this ordinance is the first to establish the process to administer newly acquired lands.
  • 1787: Constitutional Convention
  • 1787...
  • The Constitution
  • We the People, of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,  do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
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