South Carolina's Role in the New Nation

1781-1860. Independence from Great Britain created the need for a new national and state government. Learn about the South Carolina leaders who participated in the creation of the United States Constitution and how the state adjusted to changes.
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The Articles of Confederation | Forgotten Founder
The Articles of Confederation | Forgotten Founder

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After considerable debate and alteration, the Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Continental Congress on November 15, 1777. This document served as the United States' first constitution...
The Bill of Rights | Forgotten Founder
The Bill of Rights | Forgotten Founder

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During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government. Fresh in their minds...
The Constitution | Forgotten Founder
The Constitution | Forgotten Founder

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These images are public domain and higher resolution images are available at The Charter of Freedom - Archives.gov website. The members of the Constitutional Convention signed the United States...
The Pinckney Plan | Forgotten Founder
The Pinckney Plan | Forgotten Founder

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In 1808, when the record of the Constitutional Convention was being recorded by John Quincy Adams, he found the Pinckney Draught missing from all records. He wrote to Pinckney, who sent Adams what he...
The Virginia Plan | Forgotten Founder
The Virginia Plan | Forgotten Founder

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Drafted by James Madison, and presented by Edmund Randolph to the Constitutional Convention on May 29, 1787, the Virginia Plan proposed a strong central government composed of three branches...
Forgotten Founder, Part 8 - Conclusion
Forgotten Founder, Part 8 - Conclusion

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Forgotten Founder, Part 8 of 8 When Charles Pinckney left office in 1823, he had devoted 42 years to public service. The following year, he passed away, and is buried in St. Philip's Episcopal...
Forgotten Founder, Part 7 - Creating Balance
Forgotten Founder, Part 7 - Creating Balance

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Forgotten Founder, Part 7 of 8 John Quincy Adams requested the Pinckney Plan from Charles Pinckney, but Pinckney said he didn't have it. He provided the Plan to John Quincy Adams, as best he...
Forgotten Founder, Part 6 - Family Rifts
Forgotten Founder, Part 6 - Family Rifts

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Forgotten Founder, Part 6 of 8 In 1794, shortly before Pinckney was elected to a third term as governor, his wife, Mary Laurens Pinckney, gave birth to a son, Henry Laurens Pinckney. After serving two...
Forgotten Founder, Part 4 - Branches of Government
Forgotten Founder, Part 4 - Branches of Government

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Forgotten Founder, Part 4 of 8 Pinckney's plan consisted of three branches of government--a Legislative Branch, a Judicial Branch, and an Administrative Branch, consisting of a single-member executive...
Forgotten Founder, Part 5 - Governor Pinckney
Forgotten Founder, Part 5 - Governor Pinckney

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Forgotten Founder, Part 5 of 8 Four months have passed, and they are exhausted. One by one, the roll of states is called. Each one signs, one by one. When the Convention ended on September 17, 1787...