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1. The Seven Documents

1.1. Declaration of Independence

1.1.1. What is the general purpose of this document?

1.1.1.1. The general purpose of the document is to break away from england but there were two reasons for the Declaration:To declare to the world, that the British Colonies in America were declaring themselves an independent nation and that britian does not have a say on what the colonies do.

1.1.2. Who was responsible for writing it?

1.1.2.1. Thomas Jefferson was a big part in writing the Declaration of Independence but there were also 56 other people that were there to help write it but jefferson takes most of the credit.

1.1.3. What time frame was/is the document significant?

1.1.3.1. The Declaration of Independence is a significant document at all times because it is a very important document and its the countries backbone.

1.1.4. How is the document structured?

1.1.4.1. The Declaration of Independence is structured into a 5 part essay form.

1.1.5. What are the top 5 most important things we need to know about the document?

1.1.5.1. All men are created equal, adopted freedom on July 4th, 1776, when the Congress were declared traitors by royal decree they responded by issuing the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock was first to sign it, and George Washington made American army have it read to them when it was first created.

1.2. Northwest Ordinance

1.2.1. What is the general purpose of this document?

1.2.1.1. The Northwest Ordinance established policies for the creation of new states and the admitting of those states into the confederation.

1.2.2. Who was responsible for writing it?

1.2.2.1. Nathan Dane and Rufus King are responsible.

1.2.3. What time frame was/is the document significant?

1.2.3.1. The document is important since 1787 till now.

1.2.4. How is the document structured?

1.2.4.1. It is structured as a selection of paragraphs.

1.2.5. What are the top 5 most important things we need to know about the document?

1.2.5.1. Became a law on July 13, 1787, Territories west of the Appalachin Mountains, north of the Ohio River, and east of the Mississippi River, 5,000 settlers were required to have a legislature, 60,000 were required to gain admission into the league as a state, The Ordinance had four important provisions: 1. Forbide the holding of slaves in the territory,2. Granted entire religious freedom to every settler, 3. Encouraged "schools and means of education" 4. Provided that the new territory should be cut up into states, equal in standing with the original 13.

1.3. Articles of Confederation

1.3.1. What is the general purpose of this document?

1.3.1.1. The purpose of the Articles was to provide government for the original states.

1.3.2. Who was responsible for writing it?

1.3.2.1. John Dickinson was the writer of the Articles.

1.3.3. What time frame was/is the document significant?

1.3.3.1. 1777-1787 PRovided government for them.

1.3.4. How is the document structured?

1.3.4.1. Many paragraphs separating the Articles.

1.3.5. What are the top 5 most important things we need to know about the document?

1.3.5.1. Did not establish federal executive or judicial branches of government, Denied Congress the power to collect taxes, regulate interstate commerce and enforce laws, All 13 states had to agree to any amendment of the federal government's power, Adopted by the Continental Congress on November 15, 1777, John Dickinson, a delegate from Delaware, was the principal writer of the draft document

1.4. Constitution

1.4.1. What is the general purpose of this document?

1.4.1.1. The constitution replaced the articles of confederation and was wrote in 1787. It basically creates a central government, gives the government powers, provides procedures for scenarios such as elections and supreme court nominations, and protects the rights of the people from the government.

1.4.2. Who was responsible for writing it?

1.4.2.1. George Washington, presided over the Convention. James Madison also.

1.4.3. What time frame was/is the document significant?

1.4.3.1. The constitution is important from 1787 till now, it will always be the most important document. It sets all the laws and rules of America.

1.4.4. How is the document structured?

1.4.4.1. The document is structured by a bunch of paragraphs.

1.4.5. What are the top 5 most important things we need to know about the document?

1.4.5.1. The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world, The Constitution was “penned” by Jacob Shallus, A Pennsylvania General Assembly clerk, for $30, $726 today, Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17, the anniversary of the day the framers signed the document, When it came time for the states to ratify the Constitution, the lack of any bill of rights was the primary sticking point, The oldest person to sign the Constitution was Benjamin Franklin age 81, and the youngest was Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey age 26.

1.5. Bill of Rights

1.5.1. What is the general purpose of this document?

1.5.1.1. The purpose of the Bill of Rights was to guarantee the individual rights of citizens under the Constitution.

1.5.2. Who was responsible for writing it?

1.5.2.1. James Madison wrote the Bill of Rights.

1.5.3. What time frame was/is the document significant?

1.5.3.1. At all times, this document gives us our laws.

1.5.4. How is the document structured?

1.5.4.1. In paragraphs numbered 1-10 listing all the amendments.

1.5.5. What are the top 5 most important things we need to know about the document?

1.5.5.1. The US Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, It was created on September 25, 1789 and ratified on December 15, 1791, Originally, the Bill of Rights included legal protection for land-owning white men only excluding African Americans and women, The Bill of Rights plays a key role in American law and government, and remains a vital symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation, December 15 is declared Bill of Rights day.

1.6. Federalist Papers

1.6.1. What is the general purpose of this document?

1.6.1.1. The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution.

1.6.2. Who was responsible for writing it?

1.6.2.1. James Madison, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton

1.6.3. What time frame was/is the document significant?

1.6.3.1. 1787-1818

1.6.4. How is the document structured?

1.6.4.1. Into five essays

1.6.5. What are the top 5 most important things we need to know about the document?

1.6.5.1. Made to get people to sign constitution, 85 articles, one of the most important document of America, helped America greatly.

1.7. Anti-Federalist Papers

1.7.1. What is the general purpose of this document?

1.7.1.1. For people that didn't want the constitution to be signed.

1.7.2. Who was responsible for writing it?

1.7.2.1. No actual writer these r people who helped. George Clinton), Brutus (likely Robert Yates), Centinel (Samuel Bryan), and the Federal Farmer (eitheors r Melancton Smith, Richard Henry Lee, or Mercy Otis Warren).

1.7.3. What time frame was/is the document significant?

1.7.3.1. 1787-1789

1.7.4. How is the document structured?

1.7.4.1. Into a bunch of paragraphs

1.7.5. What are the top 5 most important things we need to know about the document?

1.7.5.1. Didn't want consttution to be signed, Alexander Hamilton main guy, James Madison, Annapolis Convention, Shays' Rebellion