One thing that I find amazing about this period is the extent to which the people of that era could multi-task. Just to keep track of the chronology, I drafted up a time line. I soon found that military events and political events made the narrative much more complicated, so I separated the military events and presented that time line above. Here I am, an amateur historian, and yet just understanding the history was confusing. because of the entanglement of war with other politics. Imagine how it must have been for the settlers of that time. Surrounded by the for of war, they still needed to create a government on the fly. They had to do this not only to fight the British, but to prove to themselves and their followers that they could create a government that would be superior to that imposed on them by Great Britain. They had common law and already established institutions to draw upon, but they also had to decide between different systems of possible governments. Moreover, those institutions were now called upon to perform functions that were not envisioned when they were first created. After all, an assumption of a certain deference to the king was at the base of many of their institutions.
With that preface in mind, here is the timeline I produced:
A Timeline of Political Developments
New Hampshire draws up a preliminary state constitution. The assumption in January by the Provincial Congress of even a temporary government provokes opposition from all sides. January 5, 1776 A.D.
Common Sense by Thomas Paine is first published anonymously. January 10, 1776, A.D.
Written as a response to Paine’s work, The True Interest of America Impartially Stated by Charles Inglis is published. Also in response is Plain Truth by James Chalmer. 1776 A.D.
The Address to the Convention…of Virginia; on the Subject of Government by Carter Braxton is published. It is critical of republicanism. 1776
The provincial congress of South Carolina establishes a republican constitution. March, 1776 A.D.
The Continental Congress authorizes privateering against British ships. March 1776 A.D.
The Continental Congress forbids the further importation of slaves and declares open trade to all except Great Britain. April 1776 A.D.
Thoughts on Government by John Adams is published anonymously. 1776 A.D.
The Rhode Island congress repeals the law requiring allegiance to the king. May 4, 1776 A.D.
A congressional resolution advises the colonies to adopt new governments “where no government sufficient to the exigencies of their affairs have hitherto established.” May 10, 1776 A.D.
A group of radicals, desiring to press the Delaware Assembly into declaring independence, first thought “it was best to present petitions to the Assembly,” but then “changed the mode into Instructions…” May 1776 A.D.
George Washington arrives in Boston to take command of the continental army. 1776 A.D.
Forces under Generals Henry Clinton and Charles Cornwallis and Admiral Sir Peter Parker attempt to enter Charles Town harbor. They are met by deadly fire from a fort constructed of palmetto logs and dirt. After a ten hour duel the British withdraw. June 28, 1776 A.D. This belongs in the military timeline.
Virginia adopts a state constitution. The Virginia Constitution provides for a senate of twenty-four elected by the people directly out of county districts. No special qualifications either for the electors or for the senatorial candidates were felt necessary. It prohibited the Virginia Senate from altering, let alone initiating any money bills. The Senate challenged restrictions on its authority over money bills the following year. June 29, 1776 A.D.
The Genuine Principles of the Ancient Saxon, or English Constitution is published in Philadelphia. Late Spring of 1776 A.D.
A Massachusetts act attempts to bring representation in the legislature in line with the population of various towns by allowing each town an additional representative for every 100 voters it possesses over the base figure of 120. The act also allowed for towns with fewer than the base number to combine with others to send a representative. May 1776
New Jersey adopts a state constitution. July, 1776 A.D.
Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress. July 4, 1776 A.D.
Delaware adopts a state constitution. September 20, 1776
Pennsylvania adopts a state constitution. September 28, 1776 A.D.
Maryland adopts a state constitution. November 9, 1776 A.D.
North Carolina adopts a state constitution. December 18, 1776 A.D.
Vermont, whose integrity and independence no other state recognized until the 1780’s, frames its government. July 8, 1777 A.D.
The New Jersey legislature changes the wording of that state’s constitution. 1777 A.D.
General Frederick Haldimand becomes Governor in Chief of Canada. September 18, 1777 A.D.
Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation. November 15, 1777 A.D.
South Carolina revises and more firmly establishes its revolutionary Constitution drafted two years earlier. March 19, 1778 A.D.
The Assembly in Pennsylvania resolves to give the people an opportunity in the following spring to vote on the convocation of a new convention to revise the Constitution of that state. A flood of opposition petitions resulted in the legislature backing away from the promise of a convention to revise the state Constitution. Up through 1783-1784, Republicans are unable to secure the required two-thirds vote to convene a convention November 28, 1778 A.D.
Essex Result, by Theophilus Parsons is published by the Essex County Convention in Massachusetts. The Convention met to consider the proposed Constitution of 1778 A.D.
William Whiting presents his Address to the Inhabitants of the County of Berkshire, Respecting Their Present opposition to Civil Government. 1778 A.D.
The courts in Hampshire County in Massachusetts are re-opened. 1778 A.D.
The General Court of Massachusetts issues a call to the towns for every male inhabitant over twenty-one to elect representatives “to form a Convention for the sole purpose of framing a new Constitution” which as to be ratified by two-thirds of the same electorate. June 1779 A.D.
Massachusetts adopts a new Constitution. This constitution granted the Senate the power to amend but not the power to originate money bills. The new constitution also eliminated the qualification of the Senate’s electorate to those with sixty pounds clear estate. Article III declared that “As the happiness of a people, and the good ...(order) and preservation of civil government, essentially depend upon piety, religion and morality,” and gave the legislature the right to establish and promote public worship and religious training – a right that in the eyes of many seemed contradictory to the Constitution’s profession of the liberty of religious conscience. Historians widely regard this as the most consequential state constitution of the era. 1780 AD.
Following the Constitution of the state taking effect, the courts in Berkshire are reopened. 1780 A.D.
American Farmer’s Letters by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur published – 1782 A.D.
Albemarie County elects Thomas Jefferson as delegate to the House of Representatives. Jefferson submits his refusal and is informed by the Speaker of the House that his resignation is not accepted. May, 1782 A.D.
Job Shattuck, of Groton, organizes residents there to physically prevent tax collectors from doing their work. 1782 A.D.
The government of Great Britain formally acknowledges the independence of what were once its American colonies as the United States of America. February 3, 1783 A.D.
In the central Massachusetts town of Uxbridge, in Worcester County, a mob seizes property that had been confiscated by a local constable and returns it to its owners. Feb. 3, 1783 A.D.
The Treaty of Paris formally ends the American Revolution. September 3, 1783 A.D.
The Virginia Church acquires a bishop, making it truly “episcopal”.  1783 A.D.
After unsuccessful attempts in the previous two years, Massachusetts ratifies a Constitution by the requisite majority of the people. 1783 A.D.
Despite constitutional language to the contrary, the Massachusetts Senate claims to have authority equal to the House in initiating money bills. 1783 A.D.
The Northwest Company at Montreal is organized. 1783 A.D.
Kingston, Ontario and Saint John, New Brunswick are founded by the United Empire Loyalists. 1783 A.D.
Maryland prohibits the slave trade, which has now been banned in all northern states. 1783 A.D.
Alexander Hamilton conspires with army officers to threaten a military coup unless Congress granted extra pay to establish them as a nascent aristocracy after the war. 1783 A.D.
The Trespass Act is passed. 1783 A.D.
Pennsylvania’s Council of Censors meets during the winter of 1783-1784 A.D. It determines that there is to be a bi-cameral legislative body, a governor who would appoint judicial officers and leading civil officers, rendered “unnecessary” that all bills were to be referred to the people-at-large before they became law, and recommended that its own body, the Council of Censors, be abolished.
Thomas Jefferson produces his Notes on Virginia. 1784 A.D.
A pamphlet is written by Thomas Tudir Tucker entitled Conciliatory Hints, Attempting by a Fair State of Matters, to Remove Party Prejudice. 1784 A.D.
William Thompson, a tavern keeper is threatened with banishment and reprimand by the Carolinian House of Representatives for allegedly insulting one of its “Nabob” members, John Ruteldge. For some Carolinians, this is seen as an example of an abuse of legislative privilege.  1784
Cape Breton and New Brunswick are politically separated from Nova Scotia. New Brunswick is separated on August 16 and Cape Breton is separated on August 26, 1784.
New Hampshire adopts a state constitution. 1784 A.D.
Rutgers v. Waddington resolved a conflict between common law, or law of nations and the Trespass Act of 1783 in favor of the law of nations. The court justified its decision on the basis that that the Trespass Act did not expressly repeal the law of nations, thus avoiding a direct conflict between the court and the legislative branch. 1784 A.D.
The first daily publication in America, Packet and Daily, appears on the street of Philadelphia. September 21, 1784 A.D.
Provisions for an educational land fund are included in the Land Ordinance of 1785 A.D.
John Adams publishes A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States. - 1786 to 1787 A.D.
Congress negotiates its first federal treaty with the Cherokees, the Hopewell Treaty. 1785 A.D.
In Boston, a tea club is established. It is immediately attacked in the press. Complaints include that the club was designed “to lull and enervate these minds already too much softened, poisoned and contaminated by idle pleasures, and foollish gratifications.” The “etiquette” and “stile” of the club were considered more destructive of republican character “than an evening spent in a back chamber of a tavern, among a group of wretches.”  1785 A.D.
The Council of Virginia guarantees religious freedom. Virginia’s 1786 act for the establishment of religious freedom declares “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than on opinions in physics or geometry.” January 16, 1786 A.D.
Some have become so impatient with British trade restrictions and conflicting state laws that they arrange for an interstate meeting at Annapolis, Maryland, to consider the extension of national authority to the regulation of commerce. They draw up a proposal to Congress and the several states to convene another convention in Philadelphia for the purpose of making “the constitution of the Federal Government adequate to the exigencies of the Union.” 1786 A.D.
Shays' Rebellion. 1786 - 1787 A.D.
C. Inglis is appointed Anglican Bishop of Nova Scotia – the first colonial bishopric in the British Empire. 1787 A.D.
Provisions for an educational land fund are further included in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 A.D.
After four years of bitter contention, the South Carolina legislature admits that only “a Convention of Delegates chosen by the people for that express purpose and no other” could establish or alter a constitution. 1787 A.D.
James Madison composes Vices of the Political System of the United States. Initially, it is written for private circulation.. Later, it is incorporated into The Federalist Papers.. 1787 A.D.
Iin Germantown, Pennsylvania, a group of inhabitants announce they are banding together “as a shield against the rapacity of the law,” resolving to settle all cases among themselves by arbitration in order to “prevent the people from wasting their property by the chicane of the law.” 1787 A.D.
The Constitutional Convention is held in Philadelphia. May 25 to September 17, 1787 A.D.
Congress passes the Northwest Ordinance laying principles under which territories to the west were to be settled and eventually incorporated as states into the union. Slavery is forbidden in these territories. A pledge of goodwill and respect for Indian’s property, rights, and liberty is included. 1787 A.D.
In Bayard v. Singleton the North Carolina Supreme Court declared an act of the legislature void due to a finding that it was unconstitutional. The ruling reinforced the right to a jury trial for those whose property was seized by the government. James Iredell served as attorney for the plaintiff. Iredell would later serve on the Supreme Court 1787 A.D.
Pennsylvania ratifies the new Constitution that has been drafted in Philadelphia. December 12, 1787 A.D.
Massachusetts ratifies the new Constitution. February 6, 1788 A.D.
Almost the entire city of New Orleans is destroyed by fire. March 21, 1788 A.D.
Virginia ratifies the new Constitution. June 26, 1788 A.D.
Ratified by nine states, the American constitution comes into force. By this time, only New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island had failed to ratify the Constitution. Several States that had ratified included recommendations for amendments. June 21, 1788 A.D.
Alexander Hamilton persuades New York to ratify the Constitution. July 26, 1788 A.D.
Kings College in Windsor Nova Scotia is opened. 1788 A.D.
Whites, led by John Sevier, create the breakaway “state” of Franklin. They murder a party of old Indian chiefs, including Onitositah, under a flag of truce. 1788 A.D.
George Washington is inaugurated President of the United States. April 30, 1789 A.D.
The Department of Foreign Affairs, the first executive agency in the USA, is set up, with Thomas Jefferson at its head. Within a few weeks its name is changed to the Department of State. July 27, 1789 A.D.
A United States war department is created, with Henry Knox at its head. August 2, 1789 A.D.
The ninth bill passed by the First Congress authorizes lighthouse construction. August 7, 1789 A.D.
Noah Webster’s Dissertations on the English Language is published. His American Spelling Book also appears in the same year.  1789 A.D.
A treasury department, headed by Alexander Hamilton, is created. September 2, 1789 A.D.
Congress proposes twelve amendments to the constitution known as the Bill of Rights. Ten of them are eventually approved. September 25, 1789 A.D.
Congress votes to create a United States army. September 29, 1789 A.D.
A Spanish squadron lands at Nootka Sound and claim it for Spain. 1789 A.D.
North Carolina ratifies the new Constitution. November 21, 1789 A.D.
 Harcourt. See also Wood.
 Harcourt. Wood – thereby cutting its ties to the crown.
 Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary
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 The Nation, “Alexander Hamilton’s Trickle-Down City.” March 13, 2017
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 Boorstin. See also Dowd.
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 Boorstin. See also M,C & M