This is a bundle of 3 highly animated, power point presentations on the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights and the development of the English Constitution. The total number of slides in the presentations is 49. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
By 1215, thanks to years of unsuccessful foreign policies and heavy taxation demands, England’s King John was facing down a possible rebellion by the country’s powerful barons. Under duress, he agreed to a charter of liberties known as the Magna Carta that would place him and all of England’s future sovereigns within a rule of law. The “Great Charter,” was essentially a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteed that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws.
The Magna Carta was a cornerstone in the development of democratic England by later generations. Though it was not initially successful, the document was reissued (with alterations) in 1216, 1217 and 1225, and eventually served as the foundation for the English system of common law.
Englishmen would celebrate the Magna Carta as a symbol of freedom from oppression, as would the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, who in 1776 looked to the charter as a historical precedent for asserting their liberty from the English crown.
Its legacy is especially evident in the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution, and nowhere more so than in the 5th Amendment (“Nor shall any persons be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law”), which echoes Clause 39.
Power point presentation #1 is entitled, English Origins of US the Government – The Magna Carta and contains 14 slides and covers the following.
What Is the Magna Carta?
Impact on the USA
Background & Context
King John’s Reign
Call for Change
Impact on Colonist Rebellion
Importance of the Magna Carta
End of Presentation
James I came to the throne of England on the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. He was already king of Scotland and his reign over both countries brought them effectively together as one political unit. Elizabeth was subtle, James was blunt. James ruled by the Divine Right of Kings.
Through constant battles with existing kings for power, Parliament eventually could gain rights for English citizens, primarily through withholding funds to fight wars. Those included free speech, protection in Parliament, power of the purse for Parliament, and restriction of the king's right to maintain a standing army.
Power point presentation #2 is entitled, English Origins of US Government - Development of the English Constitution and contains 21 slides.
Divine Right of Kings (2)
The Great Protestation
The Petition of Right
The Short Parliament
The Long Parliament
The Rump Parliament
Lord Protector of England
Charles & James II
Declaration of Conscience
English Bill of Rights
The Glorious Revolution
End of Presentation
The English Bill of Rights was a British Law, passed by the Parliament of Great Britain in 1689 that declared the rights and liberties of the people and settled the succession in William III and Mary II following the Glorious Revolution of 1688 when James II was deposed.
The provisions of the English Bill of Rights incorporated the Declaration of Rights and consisted of: A list of the misdeeds of King James II, 13 Articles confirming the rights of Parliament & the people and defining the limitations of the Crown.
It put in place a constitutional form of government in which the rights and liberties of the individual were protected under English law. The English Bill of Rights enhanced the democratic process by: Guaranteeing free elections and frequent meetings of Parliament, giving English people the right to complain to the king or queen in Parliament (Free Speech), forbidding excessive fines and cruel punishment and establishing representative government with laws made by a group that acts for the people.
Many of the themes and principles contained in the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights are continued in: American Declaration of Independence of 1776, First State Constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, the United States Bill of Rights of 1791 and the United States Constitution.
Power point presentation #3 is entitled, English Origins of US the Government – The English Bill of Rights and contains 14 slides and covers the following.
The English Bill of Rights
Summary of Rights
Provisions of the Bill
Important Articles Established
Magna Carta & the English Bill of Rights
Impact on the British Citizens
Impact on the Colonists
The United States Bill of Rights
The Mutiny Act of 1689
End of Presentation
This presentation is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading...Foundations of Government.