Growth of Representative Government

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British Parliament
It was important to the growth of representative government because... it is the foundation of the legislative branch of government in America.
Magna Carta
It was important to the growth of representative government because... it limited the king's power.
English Bill of Rights
It was important to the growth of representative government because... it set up basic principles for the future government of the United States, like Bill of Rights. It distributes power between king, parliament, and people.
Colonial town meetings
It was important to the growth of representative government because... it is the foundation of the legislative branch of government in America.
Mayflower Compact
It was important to the growth of representative government because... it was the first attempt at self-government in the colonies.
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
It was important to the growth of representative government because... it was the first constitution in the colonies. Thomas Hooker wrote it, a man who promoted the growth of representative government.
Virginia House of Burgesses
It was important to the growth of representative government because... it was the first elected representative government in the colonies.
Enlightenment
It was important to the growth of representative government because... all the people who were a major figure in the Enlightenment (minus Thomas Hobbs) promoted the growth of representative government.
Thomas Hobbs
says people need absolute monarchs to keep from making bad decisions; they are evil, selfish, and make bad decisions; traditional government
John Locke
Hobbs is incorrect; defines purpose of government; people are born with natural rights: life, liberty or freedom, property; because of this, government must protect these rights; "lock these rights"
Baron de Montesquieu
Says government that protects rights will use against you; suggests separation of powers: executive - "presidency", legislative - "congress", judicial - "judges"; balanced- checks and balances
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Government is a contract- contract between gov and people is social contract, agrees with John Locke, government job to protect life, liberty or freedom, and property, people can back out if gov breaks it and reform new gov
Voltaire
Redefining government; government needs to be separate from church: state gov and Church must be separated for tolerance, bad idea for people to have same religion as king, believes in religious freedom
Great Awakening
It was important to the growth of representative government because... it was a key of the American Revolution where there was a breakdown of respect for authorities.