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Articles of Confederation
1st American attempt at government
United States Constitution
highest law in the land; blueprint for American government
Declaration of Independence
a list of grievances against the English kind and Parliament AND the reasons for declaring freedom from England
John Locke
ideas of natural law and social contract between the rulers and the people they govern
Mayflower Compact
1st plan of self-government in the English colonies
Magna Carta
1215: Required the king to give up certain rights, respect legal procedures (Parliament) and said that not even the king was above the law; the influence of this document can be seen in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights
English Bill of Rights
1689: A statement of positive rights that a citizen should have in a free and democratic society
Montesquieu
a French philosopher who wrote about the concept of 'separation of powers'