Ideas that Influenced the Formation of American Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Magna Carter is an English Charter. It was the first document forced onto an English King. The English King controlled the people by saying God Talked to him.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    Written by Colonists and the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. History started for America here.
  • natural rights

    natural rights
    Argues that man was originall born int oa state of nature where he was rational, tolerant, and happy. It is theoretically distinct according to philosiphers and political scientists.
  • Enlightenment

    It was an elite cultural movement of intellectuals in the 18th that sought to mobilize the power of reason in order to reform society and advance knowledge
  • State of Nature

    State of Nature
    It is a term in physical philosophy used in the social contract theory to describe humanity before the state's foundation.
  • Two treatises of Govenment

    Two treatises of Govenment
    Is a work of political phylosophy and was published anonymously by John Locke. They are about patriarchism and natural rights,
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    It was restatement of the statutory form of the Declaration of Right. It was an act of the parliament of England.
  • Continental Congress

    Continental Congress
    A convention of delegates called together from the thirteen colonies and it became the governing body of the United States during the American revolution.
  • Spirit of Laws

    Spirit of Laws
    A treatise on political theory published my Montesquieu helped by Claudine Tencin. He advocates constitutionalism and the seperation of powers.
  • Social Contract

    Social Contract
    The social contract theory is a view that a person's political obligations are dependent upon a contract or agreement among them to form the society in which they live.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    First written constitution or plan of the government of the United States of America and specified how the government was supposed to operate.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Challenged the authority of the British Government and the royal monarchy.