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  • The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Continental Congress that were meeting there in 1776. To form a new country, totally independent from Great Britain.
  • The intellectual origins of the Declaration of Independence is the Magna Carta, where it limited the power of the king of England and protects the rights of the nobility.
  • The intellectual origins of the U.S. Constitution is magna carta, english bill of rights, cato’s letters, common sense, and mayflower compact.
  • The U.S. Constitution is America's plan for the government. It lays out how the U.S. government works and how we all fit into it. There are also 7 principles to the U.S. Constitution.
  • The Bill of Rights is the 12 amendments that were written by James Madison but 10 were approved by the states. Guaranteeing such things like the right to speak, protect ourselves and the rights of the people.
  • It is important to know the intellectual origins of the Foundational Documents because things like the 10 amendments, the seven principles, the bill of rights helped people with their rights of speech, the freedom but also enforced the rules, too.
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