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Founding Documents

8th grade Founding Documents

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What is the Magna Carta and why is it important? It demonstrated that the people can limit the King's power by a written grant.
What is the English Bill of Rights? It's an act of the Parliament of England. To give rights to the citizens of England.
What was the Great Awakening? It was an American religious movement in the mid 1730's Everyone is equal in God's eyes
Mayflower Compact document signed by pilgrims in 1620 that promised to agree on laws and work together to make Plymouth succeed *** 1st self-government***
Representative Government system of government in which voters elect representatives to make laws for them
House of Burgesses first representative assembly in the new world
Fundamental Orders Of Connecticut first written constitution in the Americas
List the three inalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence? Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
An English philosopher who came up with the idea of "Life, liberty and property"; influenced Jefferson in the writing of the Declaration of Independence John Locke
Articles of Confederation First plan of gov. failed because the gov. proved to be to weak. Gave most of the power to the states.
"We the people of the United States" US Constitution - supreme law of the land and framework of the United State government
Bill of Rights 10 Amendments - Individual Rights
Created by: jennscott