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Roots of American Government. Big Idea #1. America got a lot of their ideas about government from the British. . The Magna Carta. A document written in 1215 in England The king needed money to finance a war, so he made a deal with the nobles (rich guys) Gave rights to the English people

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big idea 1
Big Idea #1
  • America got a lot of their ideas about government from the British.
the magna carta
The Magna Carta
  • A document written in 1215 in England
  • The king needed money to finance a war, so he made a deal with the nobles (rich guys)
  • Gave rights to the English people
  • Took power away from the king
rights guaranteed by the magna carta
Rights guaranteed by the Magna Carta
  • Property could not be seized by the government.
  • Taxes had to be approved by a council of important men.
  • People could not be put on trial without witnesses against them.
  • The right to a trial by a jury.
parliament
Parliament
  • Parliament - elected representatives that make laws in England
  • Parliament was made up of two houses. (parts) – The House of Commons and the House of Lords.
english bill of rights
English Bill of Rights
  • Laws written to protect the English people
  • King or queen could not cancel laws or impose taxes unless Parliament agreed
  • Excessive fines and cruel punishments were forbidden
  • People had the right to complain about the king or queen without being arrested.
john peter zenger and freedom of the press
John Peter Zenger and freedom of the press
  • John Peter Zenger was put on trial for criticizing the governor of New York in a an article in a newspaper.
  • Criticizing government officials in the press was illegal at the time.
  • Zenger was found not guilty.
  • Zenger’s trial was the first step in freedom of the press in America.