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  •  Timeline of The Constitution 
  • The Declaration of Independence              On June 11th 1776 Congress appointed a "Committee of Five" to draft The Declaration of Independence. The committee operated from June 11th until the Declaration was ratified. This declared America's freedom from the British. 
  • Articles of Confederation  Drafted on July 12th, 1776. Congress adopted this on November 15, 1777. The Articles of Confederation established the functions of the government. 
  • The Constitutional Convention  May of 1787 12 of the 13 states met in Philadelphia to find improvements of the Articles of the Confederation. There was one state, Rhode Island which refused to send a delegate to the convention.   
  • Virginia Plan A plan presented at the convention on May 29th. The plan proposed a strong central government with three branches. 
  • The New Jersey Plan  This plan was also presented at the convention on June 15th. This plan states that each vote had one vote by congress instead of the population. 
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