Influential Documents Storyboard

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  • We should take some inspiration from historical documents to make our Constitution!
  • Magna Carta
  • Sign the document! We're done with your tyranny!
  • We need a plan for what to do once we reach land.
  • The Founding Fathers try to find inspiration for writing the US Constitution from historical documents.
  • We need to further limit the king's power!
  • English Bill of Rights
  • The first document the Founding Fathers took inspiration from was the Magna Carta, an old English document written in 1215 by the nobles of King John, who was forced to sign the document. It ensured that the king's power would be limited, and that even the king wasn't above the law, as well as giving rights to the people.
  • Thomas Paine is right! Britain is only pulling us down, and we should separate.
  • I agree with Thomas Paine too!
  • The next document is called the Mayflower Compact, named after the ship the pilgrims used to reach America. The men aboard the Mayflower forged the document in 1610 and agreed to its principles. This document would be the first example of self-government, where the pilgrims would govern themselves. The idea of self-government was heavily supported by the Founding Fathers, and they were sure to include in the US Constitution.
  • US Constitution
  • The English Bill of Rights was another historical document that inspired the Founding Fathers. Written by Parliament in 1689, it further limited the king's power and provided more rights for the english people.
  • Written by Thomas Paine in 1776, the pamphlet named Common Sense was another source of inspiration for the Founding Fathers, and them most recent of the four sources. Thomas Paine persuaded the American colonists to separate from Britain by pointing out persuasive points, such as how they were too far apart to be effeciently ruled, and how America would've been better off without Britain taxing them.
  • Using ideas from these historical documents, such as rule of law and self-government, the Founding Fathers were able to create the US Constitution.
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