Ideas that Influenced the Formation of American Government

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    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The first document forced on a king. The Magna Carta became the basis for English citizen's rights.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    It was written by the colonists. It was the first goverment document.
  • Enlightenment

    Enlightenment
    It was sarted in France.tIt was based on salons and clunminated.
  • State of nature

    State of nature
    This means a social contract to describe what happens befor a law. John Locke reviewed the state of nature in 1680.
  • Two Treatise of Government

    Two Treatise of Government
    They were writen in 1689 by John Locke. the first is over attacks on patriarchalismand the second is over a theory of political or civil society.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    It was a re-statement in statutory form of the Declaration of Right. An Act saying the king had limits and the Rights and Liberties of a person.
  • Spirit of Laws

    Spirit of Laws
    It was writen by Montesquieu. It was to limit the political power of the goverment. America got our idea for the three branches of goverment from this Montesquieu.
  • Social Contract

    Social Contract
    The book was writen by John Jocke Rousseau. It is an argument on politicol socioties.
  • Continental Congress

    Continental Congress
    The Congress met from 1774 to 1789 in three places. It was over issues of mounting taxation without representation in Parliament.
  • Natural Rights

    Natural Rights
    Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom of speach, religion and press.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    It is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine. It was presented to the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    It was wrote in 1776-77 and became the part of the constitution, although it was not enforced until 1781. After long debate it was replaced by the current Constitution in 1789.