The following information
was presented in this chapter:
The stages of cooperation played a major role in changing the United
States from thirteen separate colonies to a singe nation. The colonies
began coming together during the French and Indian War and continued
to work together to fight against the British for independence
and then to develop a government that met the different interests
of all of the states.
Stages of Cooperation:
Stage 1: Discuss Common Problems: The Albany Congress where
the13 Colonies discussed joining militias
to fight the French.
Stage 2: Occasional
The Stamp Act and the British
boycotts where the cooperation
Stage 3: Regular Voluntary Cooperation: The First and Second
Continental Congress because
they were forced to meet on a regular basis to help colonies through
the Revolutionary War.
Stage 4: Legally Binding Cooperation: Due to problems with
regular voluntary cooperation, a new constitution
and form of government was created that involved legally binding
In creating a new constitution and government, compromises
had to be made to meet the needs of all of the states. These needs
included issues of representation, slavery,
and trading between states.
Checks and Balances
were also created to keep one section of government from having
too much power over another.
such as debates, domination,
and compromise were all used to pass the constitution.
Important dates to remember:
1754 Cooperation between colonies begins at the Albany Congress.
1765 Colonies join to boycott British goods (Stamp Act Congress).
1774 Colonies join together to fight against the British.
1788 Constitution is ratified.
Who's who in this chapter:
Ben Franklin created the plan for the Albany Congress.