Development of the United States Constitution

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Shortly after the United States won it's independence from Great Britain, our founding fathers met in Philadelphia to draft the Constitution. Although they were men of different backgrounds, status and religion, they all shared one common belief: America need a strong national government and the rights and liberties of the people need to be clearly stated. Several previous governing documents would influence the development of the Constitution. Among these are: the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Federalist Papers. The United States Constitution would serve as a template for several other governments.


Development of the United States Constitution


When our founding father's gathered to draft The Constitution they went with certain beliefs of how the young nation would be governed. These beliefs were influence by several ideas and documents from the early nation and from their mother nation, England.

Among these early documents were The Magna Carta, The Mayflower Compact, The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, and The Federalist Papers. Early colonists believed that the United States should adopt the best of the English system while adapting to new circumstances. Below you'll find a brief description of each document and how it influenced the development of The Constitution.

The Magna Carta (1215)

The Magna Carta was developed in England in 1215 to bound the king and the people to a common law. This meant that the King himself had to renounce certain rights and obey the same laws as everyone else. The earliest American settlers who came from England were not interested in a monarchist government but they did like the concepts of the Magna Carta. When our founding father's gathered to write the Constitution they recalled...