Founding Documents of the United States Constitution (Magna Carta (Rule of…
Founding Documents of the United States Constitution
Rule of law, limited government
1215 by English Barons
The first document to limit the king; gave Englishmen key rights
Articles of Confederation
Consent of the governed; limited government; representative government
The US's first form of a national government; used as the form of government until the Constitution
1781, founding fathers
Virginia Declaration of Rights
Inspiration for the 1st amendment of the Bill of Rights; freedom of the press, freedom of religion, right to a jury.
1776, George Mason
Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom
Basis for 1st amendment (freedom of religion); separated church and state
1779, Thomas Jefferson
Charters of the Virginia Company of London
Limited government, democracy
It gave the colonists the same rights as Englishmen; it established Jamestown as the first official settlement in North America; establish businesses and government in VA.
1607, by King James and the colonists
Declaration of Independence
Consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law
All men are created equal; unalienable rights "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", stated grievances (complaints) against the king.
1776, Thomas Jefferson