Emma Parelman


Colonial Assemblies


The Colonial Assemblies began in the House of Burgesses. There was always a balance of power because the colonists and the Governor would interfere with one another

House of Burgesses


This was the first legislative Assembly in America and it it part of shaping our economy today. There were 22 burgesses that represented 11 settlements in America.

Mayflower Compact


The Mayflower Compact was huge in the aspect that it was behind the idea of self government. This was great in enforcing government and laws in the U.S.

Town Meetings


The beginning of town meetings were very democratic. The tended to meet around once a year in the colonies to make basic decisions affecting their town and colonists.


1685 - 1815

This is when people started to understand government. No one truly understood the meaning of society but this era or time period really opened up people's eyes

Great Awakening

1730 - 1743

During this time, the colonists of Virginia came together in light of religion. They were pressured about religion and decided to come together against the Indians.

Election/Revolutionary War

1775 - 1783

George Washington was elected president in 1789, and along with this The Revolutionary war took place. Washington was the first president and he really shaped history. He took lead in situations and this was a huge change for our country and a good beginning to democracy.

Declaration of Independence


The Declaration was a list of grievances made by America to be independent from England. America did to enjoy how they were being treated an because of that, they wanted to be their own free country without the constant pestering of England.

U.S. Constitution


This was document created to enforce and show the basic laws of America. It was created by the constitutional convention and later was drafted with the Bill of Rights.

Jefferson and Antifederalists

1790 - 1791

These people wanted the Bill of Rights and Constitution to protect the basic human rights of citizens in America. They simply thought that the National Government was to strict and strong.

Bill of Rights


The Bill of Rights contains the first 10 amendments to the constitution. It was written by James Madison and it states prohibitions of U.S Governmental Power.

Hamilton and Federalists

1792 - 1794

James Madison and Hamilton were allies on the idea of fighting for the new Constitution. The Federalists supported Hamilton in the idea of a more centralized government. They also wanted a national bank.

GW Farewell Address


This 32 page handwritten address was written by George Washington and it encouraged Americans to move away from the idea of political party spirit. He also warned them about alliances with other nations in the world.

Alien and Sedition Acts


These were passed by the federalists and signed into law my President Adams. These laws included powers to deport foreigners and it made it very difficult to vote as an immigrant.

Judicial Review - Marbury v. Madison


This stated that the court could enforce delivery of commission in the states. This was also a huge part of the Marbury vs Madison case.

Hartford Convention

1814 - 1815

This convention was a series of meetings where the New England Federalists the grievances with the war of 1812. They talked about ongoing political problems coming from the government.

Era of Good Feelings

1817 - 1825

During this time, there was minimized fighting, and everyone was seeming to mostly get along with one another. They wanted to create a nation and country that they were proud of.

Universal Male Suffrage

1820 - 1850

This allowed white men only to vote and hold a place in office if they chose to do so. They could do this without owning a part of land or belonging to a particular religious group,

Corrupt Bargain


John Adams and Henry Clay met to break a known deadlock. Adams was then elected president while Clay was elected the Secretary of state in the United States.

Jacksonian Democrats

1828 - 1854

These people were the supporters of Jackson. They were a huge part of creating the base for the democratic party in the U.S.

Spoils System- Political Patronage


This allowed men to practically buy their way into office. Because of this, anyone could be in office and it led to avery disorganized and corrupt governmental office.

Nullification Crisis


This was known as the "showdown" between President Andrew Jackson and the legislature of South Caroline. It threatened secession of the government would try and collect duties.

Whig Party


This party was created because of people who wanted to oppose Andrew Jackson. They also opposed the idea of democrats and they claimed that they had no claim on slavery.

Log Cabin Campaign


When people run for president now, or anything, they campaign but this was not the case until Harrison. He was the first to fight for his presidency and come up with creative ways to get people to vote for him.

American Party- Know Nothings


This was a party created against immigrants. They wanted to keep all and any power away from these Immigrants and roman catholics at the time.