Liberty vs Security Final Timeline


American Revolutionary War

1775 - 1783

Whiskey Rebellion

1791 - 1794

Tax protest, farmers forced to pay a tax on whiskey (which was then a popular medium of exchange)
Farmers argued taxation without representation
Congress argued this was a power given by the Const.
the new national government had the willingness and ability to suppress violent resistance to its laws.

Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

1798 - 1799

Protested A&S Acts.
Protested that states had the right to declare unconstitutional any acts of Congress not expressly granted by the Consitution.

Alien and Sedition Acts


Four bills passed by President John Adams and the Federalists.
Seen as infringement of government on basic rights

Fries's Rebellion

1799 - 1800

Armed tax revolt by angry Pennsylvania farmers who were not happy about collectors riding around town counting their windows.
Crushed by fed govt.

Burr Conspiracy

1805 - 1806

The Burr conspiracy in the beginning of the 19th century was a suspected treasonous cabal of planters, politicians, and army officers allegedly led by former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr. According to the accusations against him, Burr’s goal was to create an independent nation in the center of North America and/or the Southwest and parts of Mexico.U.S. President Thomas Jefferson and others had Burr arrested and indicted for treason with no firm evidence put forward. Marshall ruled in Burrs favor bc there was no "overt act of treason" and "two witnesses rule".

Embargo Act


The Embargo Act of 1807 was a general embargo enacted by the United States Congress [1] against Great Britain and France during the Napoleonic Wars. Meant to stop impressment. People wanted war and Jefferson didnt. The Embargo crippled the American economy and provoked protest.

War of 1812

1812 - February, 1815

U.S. war against Britain and their Indian allies under President James Madison. Andrew Jackson won huge battle in New Orleans.

Missouri Compromise


The Missouri Compromise was passed in 1820 between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States Congress, involving primarily the regulation of slavery in the western territories. It prohibited slavery in the former Louisiana Territory north of the parallel 36°30′ north except within the boundaries of the proposed state of Missouri.

Nullification Crisis


Created by SC in response to what they saw as a favoritist tariff policy adopted after the War of 1812. Under Jackson's admin.

Gag Rules

1836 - 1844

Rules that supported the tabling and pushing aside of anti-slavery petitions in Congress. Fought by John Quincy Adams. Included:
Pinckney Resolutions
Twenty-First Rule

Dorr Rebellion

1841 - 1842

The Dorr Rebellion was a short-lived armed insurrection in the U.S. state of Rhode Island led by Thomas Wilson Dorr, who was agitating for changes to the state's electoral system. Fought for universal white male suffrage in RI.

Mexican War

1846 - 1848

Border dispute on Texas, conflict between Mexico and U.S. Under President James K. Polk. U.S. won Texas. War heavily opposed by anti-slavery parties and hinted at future rifts that would lead to the Civil War.

American Civil War

1861 - 1865

Union vs Confederacy

NYC Draft Riots

July 13, 1863 - July 16, 1863

Violent protests in NYC as people did not want to be drafted into the Civil War and resented the fact that rich people could buy their way out.


Presidents terms

George Washington

1789 - 1797

John Adams

1797 - 1801

Thomas Jefferson

1801 - 1809

James Madison

1809 - 1817

John Quincy Adams

1825 - 1829

Andrew Jackson

1829 - 1837

James K. Polk

1845 - 1849

Abraham Lincoln

1861 - 1865