Summary of Magna Carta, Federalist Papers, Mayflower Compact & Declaration of Independence

Running head: TIMELINE

Jakia Turner
Grand Canyon University
POS 301

Our founding fathers wanted to build a country that worked for the American people. They wanted independence from Britain so that they could be free to establish rules and laws separate from Britain. They built our country based on their beliefs and did not allow their differences to cloud their judgment of what was best for the country. They often wrote their thoughts and beliefs down on paper. Being a young nation, there were problems that motivated them to create different documents to clearly define things for our country. They came up with and drafted documents such as the Magna Carta, The Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and the Federalist Papers. These documents define different things and are very important for our country because they helped establish our democracy in one form or another. Still today, some of these documents are referred to by current leaders of our country. Our founding fathers left us Americans a foundation that can be builded upon to continue to improve our country.
The Magna Carta “is a document that King John of England was forced into signing” (Magna Carta 1215, 2011). “King John was forced into signing the charter because it greatly reduced the power he held as the King of England and allowed for the formation of a powerful parliament” (Magna Carta 1215, 2011). In other words, the Magna Carta was the rights of the English citizens.
The purpose of the Magna Carta “was to curb the King and make him govern by the old English laws that had prevailed before the Norman’s came” (Magna Carta 1215, 2011). “It was a collection of thirty-seven English laws some copied, some recollected, some old and new. It demonstrated that the powers of the King could be limited by a written grant” (Magna Carta 1215, 2011). Just as our founding fathers believed that no one man should have to much power; that is what...