Ideas that Influenced the Formation of American Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Magna Carta is an English charter, originally made in the year 1215 and remade later in the 13th century.
  • The Mayflower Compact

    The Mayflower Compact
    The Mayflower Compact was the first document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the colonists, later known as the Pilgrims, who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower.
  • Age of Enlightenment

    Age of Enlightenment
    The Age of Enlightenment was a big cultural movement in 18th century Europe that was made to mobilize the power of reason in society.
  • State of Nature

    State of Nature
    State of nature is a term in political philosophy used to describe the condition of humanity before the state's foundation
  • Two Treatises of Government

    Two Treatises of Government
    The Two Treatises of Government is a work of political philosophy published anonymously in 1689 by John Locke.
    The first treatie outlines the role of the monarchy.
    The second treatie outlines what our role is in the world.
  • The English Bill of Rights

    The English Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Rights was passed on December the 16th 1689. It was a remake a letter to William and Mary, inviting them to become joint sovereigns of England.
  • Spirit of Laws

    Spirit of Laws
    The Spirit of the Laws is based on political theory first published anonymously by Montesquieu in 1748.
  • Natural Rights

    Natural Rights
    Natural rights are considered to be self-evident and universal.
  • Social Contract

    Social Contract
    The Social Contract is an device intended to explain the appropriate relationship between individuals and their governments.
  • Continental Congress

    Continental Congress
    The Continental Congress was a convention called together from the Thirteen Colonies that became the body of the United States during the American Revolution.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine. It was first published anonymously on January 10, 1776, during the American Revolution.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was the first written constitution of the United States of America and told how the national government was to lead.