Roots of American Government

Timeline created by Zeke.M
  • 1000 BCE


    Justice system, people should create a just society based on a respect for the law
  • Period: 800 BCE to 400

    Classical Period

  • 500 BCE

    Ancient Athens

    They were one of the first people groups to use direct democracy
  • 450 BCE

    Roman Republic

    Is where the people represented the government
  • 50


    Everyone was equal in God's eyes
  • Period: 500 to

    English Roots

  • 1200

    Magma Carta

    began the principle of the rule of law where it limits the role of government
  • Mayflower Compact

    settlers agreed to live civil body politics, they obeyed just and equal laws
  • Period: to

    Enlighten Period

  • Virginia's House of Burgess

    was the first elected assembly in the colony, the members chosen by voters in the colony
  • Parliament

    had power over monarchy
  • Massachusetts Body of Liberties

    which guaranteed certain rights per colonist.
  • Hobbes and Locke

    developed the social contract theory. Saying that people in society agreed to give up some of the freedom so the government could keep their security and general order
  • Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

    Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
    people had once lived in a state of nature but it wasn't working. So to keep order, the people had to give up some of their rights
  • English Bill of Rights

    reaffirms the principle of individual rights made in the Magna Carta
  • John Locke

    John Locke
    came up with the idea of natural rights which include the right to life, liberty, and the ownership of property
  • Period: to

    Colonial Period

  • Baron de Montesquieu

    wrote a book that argued that governments should be organized so that not one person or a group can take over and dominate
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    thought that the governments had their responsibility to secure freedom for their people, and if they didn't they should die