(*thinking*) Oh no! I'm gonna have to sign this document or these people will overthrow me!
Mayflower Compact (1620)
Yes, in fact, we should make a written agreement for these laws.
Ok, so we're gonna follow these laws.
English Bill of Rights (1689)
Hey the nobles shouldn't be the only one without rights! WE DESERVE RIGHTS TOO!!!!! (*shouts in agreement*)
The Magna Carta was written by the English Nobles to limit the power of the king and protect the rights of the nobles. The Founding Fathers used some of the ideas from this document such as trial by jury, which can be found in the U.S. government system today.
John Locke's Ideas
Stop eating that potatoooooo
The Mayflower Compact was a written agreement between the English settlers to confirm the laws and ideas they would abide to. Some of these were used by the Founding Fathers to establish the United States government.
We should split up the government's power into three equal groups!
The English Bill of Rights was written by the English Parliament to expand the powers of the Parliament and the common people (not just the nobles). The Founding Fathers used the main ideas from this document in the creation of the U.S. government.
Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776)
We don't need the king! Let's start our own government, a better one!
Yeah! (*shouts in agreement*)
One of John Locke's big ideas on natural rights (rights all humans are born with) is liberty. The Founding Fathers used this idea when writing the Declaration of Independence and can therefore be found in the U.S. government system.
Haha NO. I can eat this potato if I want to cause I have natural rights!
Disclaimer: You will not be arrested for eating a potato.
One of Montesquieu's big ideas was the Separation of Powers. This is where the power of the government is split up equally into three groups. The Founding Fathers used this idea in the U.S. government system.
Hey let's do what he said!
Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine. This pamphlet further encouraged the people to create their government and influenced the Founding Fathers to write the Declaration of Independence (independence from the king).