The Legacy Of The Magna Carta Essay

1051 Words Nov 9th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout the course of history, many issues with government had surfaced due to unfair dispersion of power and unrepresented individuals. In the Glorious Revolution, American Revolution, and French Revolution, people knew they were entitled to rights that their governments had withheld, and pursued to establish systems of governments that extended and protected those rights with democratic standards of government. The widespread belief that government should be based on the consent of the governed and should protect the rights of its citizens led to a demand of new forms of government centered on self-government and individual liberty. The Magna Carta, Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, and the U.S. Bill of Rights initiated and developed the democratic ideals of self-government and individual liberty by implementing the ideals of due process of law and individual liberty.
Governing documents expanded self-government and individual liberty through the establishment and extension of due process of law. In the Magna Carta, due process of law was created by the declaration that “No freeman shall be captured or imprisoned or ...exiled…, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.” Protecting the citizen from unjust conviction and punishment and restricting the government’s power, this ideal ensured that all people were fairly tried obeying a set process. The Magna Carta included the establishment of due process of law to protect the…

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