Constitutional Timeline

Events

King John (of England) signs the Magna Carta

1215

The Magna Carta outlines the rights of citizens

The Revolutionary War begins

1775

The American colonies fight to escape British rule

The Continental Congress meets and writes a draft of the Articles of Confederation

1776

the Articles of Confederation helps the colonies during war

Daniel Shays leads a rebellion against massachusetts

1786

Shays' rebellion shows the weakness of the Articles of Confederation

George Washington signs the drafted Constitution

September 17, 1787

The end of the constitutional Convention

New Hampshire is the ninth state to sign the Constitution

June 21, 1788

This, put the Constitution in effect for the whole country

The first ten amendments are added to the Constitution

1791

also known as the bill of rights

The passage of the 13th amendment

1865

ended slavery

The last amendment is ratified

1992