Influential People and Documents

Influential People and Documents

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  • Magna Carta
  • magna carta
  • Mayflowers compact
  • English Bill Rights
  • The Magna Carta is a document guaranteeing English political liberties
  • Common Sense
  • We need independence
  • The Mayflower Compact it was the first document to establish self-government in the New World.
  • John Locke
  • The English Bill of Rights created a constitutional monarchy in England, meaning the king or queen acts as head of state but his or her powers are limited by law. Under this system, the monarchy couldn't rule without the consent of Parliament, and the people were given individual rights.
  • Montesquieu
  • Common sense is sound, practical judgment concerning everyday matters, or a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge in a manner that is shared by nearly all people.
  • Common Sense
  • John Locke defended the claim that men are by nature free and equal against claims that God had made all people naturally subject to a monarch
  • Montesquieu concluded that the best form of government was one in which the legislative, executive, and judicial powers were separate and kept each other in check to prevent any branch from becoming too powerful. He believed that uniting these powers
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