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STAAR Prep/ US History Documents/Institutions

Documents written in 1215 that limited the power of the king and listed rights of citizens. Magna Carta
Document written in 1689 that gave power to parliament and listed more rights of English citizens. English bill of rights
Established in 1619 as the first representative assembly in the 13 Colonies. Virginia House of Burgesses
Written in 1620 to set up a government for all aboard the Mayflower. It was the first example of self government in North America. Mayflower Compact
Established Democracy in Connecticut, first written constitution in North America. Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
Plan proposed by Ben Franklin that would unite the colonies under one government. The plan was rejected. Albany Plan of Union
King George III told colonists that they could not settle west of the Appalachian Mountains. It was ignored. Proclamation of 1763
Formal declaration written by Thomas Jefferson and signed on July 4, 1776. Declaration of Independence
Document that formally ended the American Revolution. This made the Mississippi River the western boundary of the U.S. Treaty of Paris 1783
First constitution for the U.S. It had many weaknesses that were highlighted by Shays Rebellion. Articles of Confederation
Document written in 1787 that established the U.S.'s system of government. It created 3 branches of government. U.S. Constitution
Series of essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, that emphasized the need for ratification of the Constitution. The Federalist Papers
Created a system for territories to apply for statehood. Northwest Ordinance
Speech given by President James Monroe that warned European countries not to try to colonize the western hemisphere. If they did, the U.S. would view this as an act of war. Monroe Doctrine
Speech given in 1861 that stated the North would not interfere with Slavery in the states that already had it, but would protect the Constitution and the Union. Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
Speech given in 1865 that focused on ending slavey and bringing the South back into the Union. Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
Speech in which Lincoln freed all slaves in the rebelling states on January 1, 1863. Emancipation Proclamation
Dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield as a national burial site. In this speech, Lincoln redefined the emphasis of the war as a war against slavery. Gettysburg Address
Created by: mharlan