The Philosophy of Democracy

American democracy was built from research of rights that were not given to the colonist, and the voice of the people that spoke out against the wrong done by the British government.

  • (1215) Magna Carta- guarantees the rights of the English people, and limits the power of the king. This document was forgotten over the years but was brought back due to the citizens lack of freedom
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  • (1626) Petition of Rights- this document was made because of the people wanting freedom and limiting some of the power of the king. They state key points of the magna carta and state that the previous king himself signed the Magna Carta.
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  • (1689) English Bill of Rights- this document set restrictions on the King where he could not raise or pass laws without Parliament’s consent. This played a key influence in the way the democracy for the US was set up.
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  • (1690) John Locke- Locke believed that the King was not appointed king through divine right, he believes that through the people the king should be appointed.
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