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CE 2b Documents

Charters of the Virginia Company of London
this document guaranteed the rights of Englishmen to the colonists
the Virginia Declaration of Rights
this served as a model for the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America.
The Declaration of Independence
- stated grievances (complaints) against the king of Great Britain
- declared the colonies' independence from Great Britain
- affirmed (stated) "certain unalienable rights" (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness)
- established the idea that all people are equal under the law
The Articles of Confederation
- established the first form of national government for the independent states (of America)
- maintained that major powers resided with the individual states (it gave too much power to the states)
- created a weak central government (no power to tax or enforce laws)
- led to the writing of the U.S. Constitution
the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
- stated freedom of religious beliefs and opinions
The Constitution of the United States of America, including the Bill of Rights
- begins with "We the People"
- established (created) the structure of the U.S. government
- guaranteed equality under the law with majority rule and the rights of the minority protected
- affirmed individual worth and dignity of all people
- protected the fundamental freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition