We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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Howard Chandler Christy, Signing of the Constitution, Architect of the Capitol, House wing, east stairway
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Lesson 7 Primary Sources

Two Treatises of Government--John Locke, 1689

From Wikipedia: The Two Treatises of Government was published anonymously in 1689 by John Locke. The First Treatise attacks the patriotic state, and the Second Treatise outlines his thoughts on civil society based on natural rights and contract theory.

Constitution of Pennsylvania 1776

A highly democratic early constitution, creating a unicameral legislature, a council of censors, a legislatively elected judiciary and a legislatively elected president.

Declaration of Independence 1776

From Wikipedia: The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American Colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire.

James Madison - Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments

James Madison's thoughts on the separation of church and state.

Montesquieu--The Spirit of Laws, 1748

In this political treatise Montesquieu advocates the idea that political and legal institutions ought to reflect the social and geographical character of each particular community, that governments need not be permanent.

State Constitution

A link to each states' Constitution.

The Constitution of Massachusetts 1780

The Massachusetts Constitution provided the framework followed by the United States Constitution.

The Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)

The Virginia Declaration of Rights was the first state declaration of rights. It was adopted on June 12, 1776, and served as a model for other state declarations of rights and the Bill of Rights and influenced the Declaration of Independence.

Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom

From Wikipedia: The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was written in 1779 by Thomas Jefferson to place a separation between church and state. In 1786, the Virginia General Assembly enacted the statute into the state's law.

Virginia Declaration of Rights

Virginia Declaration of Rights

Virginia Declaration of Rights

From Wikipedia: The Virginia Declaration of Rights is a document drafted in 1776 stating what the writers saw as the inherent natural rights of men, including the right to rebel against "inadequate" government. It influenced a number of later documents, including the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.

Lesson 7      What Basic Ideas about Government and Rights Did the State Constitutions Include?
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