Ideas that Influenced the Formation of American Government

  • Aug 22, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Magna Carta is an English Carter, originally issued in the year 1215 and reissued later in the 13th century in modified versions.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the colonists, later together known to history as the Pilgrims, who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower.
  • Natural rights

    Natural rights
    Natural rights are distinct according to philosophers and political Natural rights are things that you have the rights to do.
  • Enlightenment

    The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment or Age of Reason) was an elite cultural movement of intellectuals in 18th century.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Rights is an Act of the Parliament of England.
    The Bill of Rights was passed by Parliament on 16 December 1689.
  • Two treatise of Government

    Two treatise of Government
    A work of political philosophy published by John Locke.
  • State of nature

    State of nature
    State of nature is a term in political philosophy used in social contract theories to describe the hypothetical condition of humanity before the state's foundation.
  • Continental Congress

    Continental Congress
    The Continental Congress was a convention of delegates called together from the Thirteen Colonies that became the governing body of the United States during the American Revolution.
  • Spirit of laws

    Spirit of laws
    Two Treatise of Government is a treatise on political theory first published by Charles de Secondat. It was written my Montesquieu. This law seperates the powers. This is where the U.S gets it 3 branches of government from.
  • Social Contract

    Social Contract
    The Social Contract is an intellectual device intended to explain the appropriate relationship between individuals and their governments.
  • Commen Sense

    Commen Sense
    Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation, formally the Articles of Confederation and perputual uninion, was the first written constitution or plan of government of the United States of America and specified how the national government operates.