A person who gambles by buying or selling something, hoping to make a large profit. Land speculators had formed companies and bought land from the Indians out west and worked to give Congress control over western lands instead of individual states
Passed a law stating that any slave brought into the colony would be free from that time on.
Articles of Confederation
plan of confederation to help the states cooperate in the war effort. established first central government of the united states reserving most power for individual states replaced by the constitution
opposed washington in ratifying the constitution but washington won
New Jersey Plan
Equal representation for each state regardless of population, favored by smaller states.
wrote the federalist papers. wanted a strong central government
Bill of rights
first 10 Amendments to the Constitution
British Enlightenment writer whose ideas influenced the Declaration of Independence, state constitutions, and the United States Constitution.
-Believed that people are born free with certain natural rights including the right to life, liberty, and property
member of the continental congress
delegate to the constitutional convention
Declaration of Independence
Declared that the 13 colonies were "free and independent states" and that "all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be dissolved." Justified separation from British Crown; work of Second Continental Congress.
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