Founding Documents of the United States Constitution (Articles of…
Founding Documents of the United States Constitution
Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom
Separated Church and State
People can worship "as they please"
Written by Thomas Jefferson, but not used until 1786
Basis for the first amendment (freedom of religion)
Virginia Declaration of Rights
By George Mason in 1776
Inspiration for the Bill of Rights and first amendment
Gave Virginians the rights of Religion, press, voting, and fair trial
Articles of Confederation
Gave the first form of government; democracy
Failed, but used as the first form of government until the Constitution in 1789
Written by the founding fathers in 1781
Consent of the governed; limited government; representative government
One branch of government; couldn't tax
First document to limit the king; forced him to follow his own laws
1215 by English Barons
Rule of Law; limited government
Declaration of Independence
By Thomas Jefferson in 1776
States that the people have rights and that the king is not all powerful
consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law
All men are created equal; unalienable rights "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"; stated complaints against the king
Charters of the Virginia Company of London
Jamestown was the settlement that was made.
Promised the men the same rights as everyone else in London.
Made by King James so that Settlement could be made "in the new world"
Limited government, democracy