Ideas That Influenced the Formation of American Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was a English grant to have a certain right. It passed into law in 1225.
  • Aug 23, 1225

    State of Nature

    State of Nature
    State of Nature was made in the sevententh century by Thomas Hobbes. The State of Nature are laws that we have naturally.
  • Enlightenment

    Enlightenment
    Enlightenment was made in the 18th century in Europe.
  • Natural Rights

    Natural Rights
    Natural Rights are also called inalienable rights.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    Mayflower Compact was written by the Plymouth colonnists.
  • Two Treatise of Government

    Two Treatise of Government
    Two Treatise of Government was a philosophy written by John Locke.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    The English Bill of Rights was an act declareing the rights. It was a re-statement of the Decleration of Right.
  • Continental Congress

    Continental Congress
    The Continental Congress is a group of people that were rich. They came together to form a country. They lacked power.
  • Spirit of Laws

    Spirit of Laws
    Montesquieu anonymously published the Spirit of Laws. This creates the seperation of powers. This is where the United States get the three branches of government. The Spirit of Laws was banned from Kathelic churches.
  • Social Contract

    Social Contract
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau invented the Social Contract. He created the Social Contract in 1762. This outlines what is fair and what is not fair.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Common Sense is a book by Thomas Paine. He was trying to make everyone realize how unfair the world is around them.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Articles of Confederation was the first written constitotion for America. This failed because if every state had their own government, it wouldn't work out well.