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Charters of the Virginia Company of London
The first charter was issued by King James I in 1606 and over the next several years, two additional charters were granted.
These papers allowed the colonists to have a
The colonists were allowed to elect representatives to work with the royal governor and council in the passing of colonial laws. The fundamental rights and rules of government found in these early charters would lay the foundations of representative government and would eventually be reflected in the Constitution of the United States.
The Magna Carta was was written in 1215 by English nobles who forced King John to sign it.
This document established the principle
Rule of Law.
It meant that everyone, including the king or a lawmaker, was subject to the law. It all started when English nobles revolted against King John of England. The nobles and Englishmen compelled/forced him to recognize the rights for both of them .
Declaration of Independence
The major author of this document was Thomas Jefferson, who wrote and signed it in 1776.
It expressed the ideal
Consent of the Governed.
The Declaration of Independence stated grievances or complaints against the king; declared the colonies’ independence from Great Britain; affirmed or declared “certain unalienable rights” that included life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and established the idea that all people are created equal under the law.
Virginia Declaration of Rights
This document was written by George Mason in 1776.
Consent of the Governed
It was part of a constitution written on behalf of the colonists of Virginia during the Revolutionary War. It stated that people had inherent, natural rights that were not given to them by governments.
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
This document was written in 1779 by Thomas Jefferson and approved by Virginia in 1786.
It expressed the ideal of
This document gave Virginians the freedom to have their own religious beliefs and opinions. It guaranteed that citizens of Virginia could worship as they pleased and could not be punished or have their rights taken away because of their religious beliefs. This document would be the basis for the First Amendment.
Articles of Confederation
The document was debated by members of the Second Continental Congress but a man named John Dickinson wrote most of the final document. It was approved by the various states in 1781.
It gave the people a
Because of their past problems with the British king and Parliament, they were not in favor of setting up another strong central government that might ignore the needs of the people. Although the Articles established the first form of national government for the new states, the document created a weak central government and maintained that major powers be given to the individual states.