Rise to Power for King George is Sour

James Addaman

8th History

Top Ten

#10 The Coercive Act: It was an act passed in 1774 by the Parliament that will punish the Boston rebels. It closed  down the great Boston Harbor. Town meetings that happened in New England were banned and the Bostonians had to shelter the British regulars.

#9 Alexander Hamilton: In May 1787, he called for a meeting to discuss how effective our government is. Fifty five delegates attended the important convention in Philadelphia. At this convention they reviewed the Articles of Confederation.

#8 The New Jersey Plan: The New Jersey plan was proposed by William Patterson. It states only one Legislature and only one vote per state regardless of population. Congress could set taxes and control trade. The People would choose the executive but he would have little power.

#7 The Virginia Plan: The Virginia plan was the Blueprint for the new Constitution created by James Madison. It gave a bicameral legislature and representation would be based on population. The executive would be chosen by the legislature and we would have a court system.

#6 The Great Compromise: Roger Sherman proposed The Great Compromise. House of Representatives would be based on population. The Senate would have two senators that would represent each state.

#5 The 3/5th Compromise: James Wilson and Robert Sherman proposed The 3/5th Compromise. Each enslaved person would count as 3/5th a person during representation purposes. Slave trade was outlawed in 1808.

#4 The Tea Act: In 1773 Parliament voted to increase taxes on tea.People did not like this so on December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty threw 342 chests of tea overboard to rebel. This was later called The Boston Tea Party.

#3 The Boston Massacre: On March 5, 1770, Colonists and British regulars started an argument. 5 people were killed in this argument which is later known as the Boston Massacre.

#2 Paul Revere: On April 18, 1775, British regulars headed towards concord where a stockpile of weapons from the colonials was stashed. Paul Revere rode through the countryside letting everyone know the British were coming so the Colonists surprised the British at Lexington.

#1 Thomas Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson was elected to write a draft saying that the colonies should become an independent nation. July 4, 1776, The Declaration of Independence was given to the Congress.

Source: Mr. Jones


1765- The Stamp Act: All items had to be stamped with the official seal after the tax has been paid.

1774- The Coercive Act: This was published to punish the rebels from the Boston Tea Party.

July 4, 1776- The Declaration of Independence: The new document by Thomas Jefferson was presented to Congress.

December 16, 1773- The Boston Tea Party: The Sons of Liberty throw 342 chests of tea overboard.

March 5, 1770- The Boston Massacre: An argument broke out between British regulars and colonials. In result 5 people died.

1786- Shay's Rebellion: Daniel Shay lead a poor group of farmers to rebel against the new government.

May 29, 1787- The Virginia Plan: Proposed by James Madison and used as the new blueprint for the government.

June 15, 1787- The New Jersey Plan: Each state would have only one vote no matter what their population is.

1787- The Great Compromise: House of representatives would be based off of population in each state.

1787- The 3/5th Compromise: Each enslaved person would count as 3/5th a person for population reasons.

Source: Mr. Jones

Biographical Sketch

Daniel Shay was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts in 1747. Very little is known about Daniel's childhood. In the early 1770s he was working on a farm in Brookfield. Shay was paid more than others on farm because he was hard working. When Daniel Shay was age 25 he appeared in the newspaper with Abigail Gilbert because they intended to get married. We do not know how many children they had but it was said they had a very large family. Between 1774 and 1775 Abigail and Daniel moved to Shutesbury. Shay moved up in the military very quickly from sergeant to Lieutenant. Later Shay fights at Bunker Hill. Shays commission became official in 1779, but was backdated to 1777. Shay continued to move up as a powerful and courageous fighter. He fought Burgoyne's army at Saratoga, New York. Shay became a Mason by joining a lodge in New York in 1778. The Shay family owned up to 251 acres at one point. Later he had to give half of it up from a bad war. Later in 1786 Shay would be sued at least twice for unpaid debt. Daniel Shay was remembered for being a courageous fighter. He later died September 25, 1825.

Source: shaysrebellion.stcc.edu/shaysapp/person.do?shortName=daniel_shays

Newspaper Article

Today we are facing a great problem with tea taxes. We were left with a great amount of debt from the French and Indian war and now we have to pay it off. Colonists are already agitated by The Stamp Act, the Townsend Act, and the Boston Massacre. Now that our country has put taxes on tea the colonists are very mad. The colonies are already refusing to pay taxes from the Townsend Act. The Parliament now has complete control of all the tea that comes to America from the East India Company. This is getting the colonies tea cheaper than ever before but it is acknowledging that we are okay with paying taxes on our tea. A couple of weeks ago three ship arrived in Boston loaded down with tea. About 7,000 irritated locals were surrounding the wharf of the three ships. Local decided to go into action and rebel.On December 16, 1773 two weeks ago 200 men disguised themselves as Indians. These 200 men split into three group and bordered the three ships. Once they were on the ship they threw 342 chests of tea overboard. This will be remembered as The Boston Tea Party.

Source: www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/teaparty.htm


Alexander Hamilton Hamilton lived a great 49 years. He was born on January 11, 1755, and died on July 12, 1804. Alexander Hamilton had 5 sons and two daughters. He was married to Elizabeth Hamilton. He is the son of James and Rachel. Alexander Hamilton will be remembered for making our government the best it could be. He was one of the best Lawyers in New York. Hamilton was also the founder of the New York Post. Alexander's greatest accomplishment was the constitutional convention in May, 1787. He will be remembered for the man he was.


(NO COOK) 1/2 c. light corn syrup
3/4 c. peanut butter
1/3 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. pecans, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

4 c. Colonial powdered sugar, sifted Combine syrup, peanut butter, salt, butter and vanilla. Beat until blended. Gradually add sugar, making a very stiff mixture. Turn out on board; knead until well blended, working in pecans. Press into a buttered 8-inch square pan. Chill until firm. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Source: www.cooks.co/recipe612ym8a8/colonial-peanut-butter-fudge-squares-no-cook.html

By the Numbers

5 people died in the Boston Massacre

342 chests of tea were thrown overboard in the Boston Tea Party.

over 1,000 dead and wounded at Bunker Hill

32,000 Redcoats at Long Island

25,000 Patriots died in the American Revolution

55 delegates met at constitutional convention.

Slaves counted as 3/5th a person in the 3/5th compromise.

27 amendments in the constitution

4607 words in the constitution

James Madison introduced 39 amendments in the Bill of Rights

Source: Mr. Jones


The American revolution was one of the greatest battles in history. It is remembered for all of the blood and goriness. Over 25,000 patriots died. Only 8,000 people died in the battle. The other 17,000 died from diseases. At Long Island in 1776 British Regulars and patriots ran into each other and war began. The 32,000 Redcoats outmatched the 20,000 patriots. On Christmas night Washington and 2,400 troops crossed the Delaware River. The Battle of Trenton was the first major victory for the Patriots. In 1777, in Saratoga the British hoped to capture Albany, New York. The British captured Philadelphia causing the continental congress to retreat. General Horatio Gates led the Patriots to a great victory over the British at Saratoga. In 1777-1778 the continental army spent the entire winter in Valley Forge. Bad conditions, disease, and lack of food killed 2,500 men. In May 1778 Patriots got the word of France being an alliance. The war kept going and the British offered to negotiate with the Patriots to end the fighting. The Continental Congress refused. Lord Cornwallis led the British forward to Yorktown. Patriot and French Forces laid siege trapping Lord Cornwallis. October 19, 1781, Cornwallis surrendered. The war ended in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris.

Source Mr. Jones

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