Timeline and Terms

1750
1781
1782
1783
1784
1785
1786
1787
1788
March 1, 1781Articles of Confederation
1785Northwest Ordinance
May 20, 1785Land Ordinance of 1785
September 11, 1786Annapolis Convention
February 21, 1787Call for revision of Articles of Confederation
May 14, 1787Philadelphia Convention
July 12, 1787Three-Fifths Clause adopted
August 6, 1787First draft of Constitution
September 12, 1787Bill of Rights proposed
September 17, 1787Constitution adopted
September 28, 1787Constitution submitted to states
October 27, 1787Federalist Papers published
December 7, 1787Delaware ratified Constitution
December 12, 1787Pennsylvania ratified Constitution
December 18, 1787New Jersey ratified Constitution
January 2, 1788Georgia ratified Constitution
January 9, 1788Connecticut ratified Constitution
February 6, 1788Massachusetts ratified Constitution
April 28, 1788Maryland ratified Constitution
May 23, 1788South Carolina ratified Constitution
June 21, 1788Ratification of the Constitution
June 25, 1788Virginia ratified Constitution