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Magna Carta (1215)
"the great charter"....said that the King was bound by the same laws as everyone else
Virginia House of Burgesses (1619)
1st representative legislature in English colonies;set up traditon of colonists electing representatives
The English Bill of Rights (1689)
said that only Parliament can pass laws, freedom of speech and debate in Parliament Protection from excessive bail
Rights of life, liberty, and propertythat cannot be taken away except through due process of law
there is a federal governement and there are state governments; they have different powers
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