Grand Canyon University
Arizona and Federal Government
October 05, 2013
In this narrative I have clarified and recognized the important characteristics of each of these events and documents that were important for the development of the United States Constitution. The topics that would be discussed are: “the Magna Charta, Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and last the Federalist Papers” (GCU Lecture, 2010, para. 2-6). All of these events and document led to the creation of the United States Constitution.
“Magna Charta (1215) also called The Great Charter, is considered one of the most important documents in the establishment of democracy, its influence can be seen throughout the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights”(GCU Lecture, 2010, para. 2). The Magna Charta was not considered identical to the constitution, yet it did contain some criminal laws that were incorporated into the “Bill of Rights” and “The United States Constitution.” For example: “giving individuals the right to know the burdens they were charged for, the right to have attorney representing them in the court of law, being judged by peers before imprisonment, and the last the premise of innocent until being proven as guilt” (GCU Lecture, 2010, para. 2). This document contains sixty three chapters which define the “trial by jury, due process, habeas corpus, and equality under the law” (“Magna Charta,” 2005, para. 1). Throughout the American Revolution the settlers pass on the Magna Charta for the first continental congress, so they can reinstate the privileges that were misplaced under the coercive legislation of Parliament. “The Great Charter can be viewed in two separate meaning one literal and the other the symbolic” (“Magna Charta,” 2005, para. 3). The literal stands for the accepting of the Magna Charta of the thirteen century, as to the symbolic stand for the change that...