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The constent of the governed
A condition urged by many as a requirement for legitimate government: that the authority of a government should depend on the consent of the people, as expressed by votes in elections
This document was signed by King John in 1215. It was the first document that limited the power of the government.
Virgina House of Burgesses
It was the first representative government group in the American colonies. Famous delegates included Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. The House met for the first time in Jamestown, July 30, 1619. The House of Burgesses at first met only once per year had the ability to make laws that could then be vetoed by the governor or the directors of the Virginia Company.
This document was drafted in 1620 prior to settlement by the Pilgrims at Plymouth Bay in Massachusetts. It declared that the 41 males who signed it agreed to accept majority rule and participate in a government in the best interest of all members of the colony. This agreement set the precedent for later documents outlining commonwealth rule.
English Bill of Rights
document that gave England a government based on a system of laws and a freely elected parliament
political system in which voters elect reprensentatives to make laws for them.
Declaration of Indepence
the document written in 1776 in which the colonies declared their independance from Britian
An English policy of not strictly enforcing laws in its colonies
The Great Awaking
A religious movement that helped spread democratic feelings in the colonies.
Proclamation of 1763
A proclamation from the British government which forbade British colonists from settling west of the Appalacian Mountains, and which required any settlers already living west of the mountains to move back east.
The first bloodshed of the Amercan Revolution, as British guards at the Boston Customs House opened fire on a crowd killing five americans
Boston Tea Party
protest against increased tea prices in which colonists dumped british tea into boston harbor
Ideas spread to influence public opinion for or against a cause.
rights that cannot be taken away
the idea that all humans are born with rights, which include the right to life, liberty, and property
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