Hamilton, Alexander: Supporting a strong central
government, Hamilton was one of the authors of the Federalist Papers. He
was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.
Highlights of the American Revolution
"Intolerable Acts" Opposed by Colonists: Inching closer
to full-scale rebellion
Jefferson, Thomas: Biography of the man who wrote the
Declaration of Independence
Judicial Review: America's Constitution does not
expressly authorize the country's Supreme Court to declare laws
unconstitutional. The high court gave itself that power in a famous 1803
Letters of Brutus: Opposing a strong central
government and urging delegates to vote against the proposed constitution,
anti-federalists published essays like Letters of Brutus.
Lexington and Concord: The American Revolution begins
Marbury v Madison: The case which gives the U.S.
Supreme Court the power to declare a law unconstitutional. Thomas Jefferson,
president at the time, was upset with this decision.
Marines, Established: The U.S. Marine Corps formed,
1775, at Philadelphia's old Tun Tavern - (see fifth paragraph)
Mason, George: A strong proponent of individual rights,
he voted against the constitution because it did not contain a bill of rights.
Marion, Francis: Nicknamed the "Swamp Fox," his
character was loosely portrayed by actor Mel Gibson in "The Patriot"
Marshall, Chief Justice John: Appointed Secretary of
State in 1800, by President John Adams, and appointed Chief Justice the
Momentum of Fighting: A turning against Britain
Parker, Capt. John: "If they [the British] mean to have
a war, let it begin here" [Lexington] - (see last paragraph)
Paul Revere: Tried for Treason on charges of cowardice
Ratifying the Constitution: The much-debated
constitution became law after New Hampshire ratified it on July 2, 1788.
Reasons for War: Colonists, in August of 1775, publish
"Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms" - (see fifth
Reasons for War: "Taxation without
Recruitment Posters: "United Colonies" recruitment
poster - (click on "then" in the third paragraph)
Surrender of British: Cornwallis' surrender at
Tarleton, Banastre: Feared British commander led
attacks in Southern colonies
Treaty of Paris: Treaty formally ending the war
Washington, George: Appointed Commander-in-Chief of
American forces - (see last paragraph for original commission)
Washington, George: Resigns command
Washington, George: Only unanimously elected U.S.