Documents That Influenced the US Constitution (Charters of the Virginia…
Documents That Influenced the US Constitution
Charters of the Virginia Company of London
Limited Government, Democracy
This document gave the King's permission to start a colony in the new world, and gave colonists the same rights as the Englishmen.
Written in 1607 by King James
Limited Government, Rule of Law
This document limited the powers of King John, gave more rights to the Englishmen, and forced King John to follow his own laws.
Written in 1215 by English Nobles
Virginia Declaration of Rights
This document stated the certain rights of all Virginians, including the freedom of religion, freedom of the press, right to vote, and right to a fair trial.
Written in 1776 by George Mason
Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom
This document states that people have the freedom of religion, the church and the government are separate, and people should not have to pay for church unless they want to.
Written in 1779 (adopted in 1786) by Thomas Jefferson
Declaration of Independence
This document stated that the colonists were unhappy with the English rule, and wanted to rule themselves. This stated that the people had authority, not the kings, and that all people are created equal and have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson
Consent of the Governed, Limited Government, Rule of Law
Articles of Confederation
Consent of the Government, Limited Government, Representative Government
This document established the first form of government for the US. The states held more power than the national government. However, this document failed because it created a very weak central, federal government.
Written in 1781 by the Founding Fathers