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Gordon S. Wood
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The Constitutional Convention

This body convened in Philadelphia to correct the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

The Declaration of Independence

This document, composed primarily by Thomas Jefferson, told the reasons why the colonies should be separate from Britain.

The Enlightenment

This European movement wanted to eliminate barbarism and promote gentility in such areas as religion, education, and criminology.


Alexander Hamilton was the leader of this group which promoted a strong central government.

The Glorious Revolution

These series of events in the late 17th and early 18th centuries established a limited monarchy in Great Britain.

The Imperial Crisis

This situation arose after Britain imposed taxes on the colonists that were to pay for the North American campaign in the Thirty Years War.

The Judiciary

This body exercised extra-judicial governmental powers based on common law and legislation.


This system placed all authority in one person who ruled...

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