Colonial Influences

Colonial Influences

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  • Magna Carta
  • * England 1200s*
  • Nobles: "King John, we are taking power from you and have signed to protect our rights."
  • English Bill of Rights
  • *Parliament came out on top- winning civil wars with the king*
  • *expand rights and limit powers of king*
  • Cato's Letters
  • *Freedom of expression; freedom of speech*
  • England’s nobles during the MIddle Ages wrote this in 1215 because King John tried to take all power for himself in the 1200s and that made them angry. They wrote the Magna Carta to limit the power of the king and protect certain rights of the nobles.
  •  The Parliament in England wrote this in 1689 to expand the rights of Parliament and the people, and limit the powers of the King. They wrote it to transfer power between their monarch and the people.
  • Authors using the fake names Cato the Elder and Cato the Younger wrote newspaper editorials in the 1720s known as Cato's Letters. They wrote these to argue against the King’s heavy-handed rule and discussed different ideas such as freedom of expression. The wanted to bring freedom of speech and expression to the colonies: increase the people’s liberty.
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