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Timeline of the United States Constitution

YearEvent
1775 Revolutionary War begins (the 13 Colonies revolt against the British)
1776 Declaration of Independence written and approved by the Continental Congress
1781 Revolutionary War ends
The Continental Congress agrees on the Articles of Confederation
March 1, Continental Congress is replaced by the Congress of the Confederation, which forms the basis of the new US government
1783 Britain recognizes the independence of the USA (Treaty of Paris)
1787 US Constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA [May 25 - Sept. 17]
1788 US Constitution ratified by 9 states [June 22] and becomes the supreme law of the USA
1789 George Washington elected first President of the USA
March 4, The first Congress met (in New York, NY, then the nation's capital)
1790 First Supreme Court assembled (in New York, NY, then the nation's capital); the Chief Justice was John Jay
Dec., US capital moves to Philadelphia
1791 The Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments) added to the Constitution
1800 US capital moves to Washington, District of Columbia
1802 Marbury v. Madison - the first time that the court found that a law was unconstitutional (John Marshall was Chief Justice)
1861 Abraham Lincoln elected President
Civil War begins (Fort Sumter)
1865 Civil War ends (Lee surrenders to Grant)
Amendment 13 - Slavery abolished
Abraham Lincoln assassinated
1868 Amendment 14 - Rights of citizenship to all people born in USA or naturalized
1870 Amendment 15 - Gives the right to vote to all citizens, regardless of color or race, but women are not mentioned
1913 Amendment 16 - Income tax begins
1920 Amendment 19 - Women's suffrage (women given the right to vote)
1971 Amendment 26 - Voting age lowered to 18
1992 Amendment 27 - Congressional pay increases go into effect only during the next Congressional session

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