Objects & Places from The Radicalism of the American Revolution

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.

Federalists - 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.

Monarchy - This...

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