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A Biography of America

A New System of Government – Key Events

1776 - 1780

State constitutions written

1777

Vermont abolishes slavery

1780

Massachusetts constitutional convention

1781

Articles of Confederation ratified

1785 - 1787

Shays’ Rebellion

1787

Constitutional Convention

Northwest Ordinance

1794

Whiskey Rebellion

Defeat of Miami Confederacy at Fallen Timbers

1798

Alien and Sedition Acts

1800

Jefferson elected President

Gabriel’s Rebellion

1804

Burr kills Hamilton in duel

1826

Death of Jefferson

Death of Adams

Units