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