This is a bundle of 4 highly animated, power point presentation on English Origins of the US Government. The presentations include power point presentations on The Magna Carta, The English Bill of Rights, The Mayflower Compact and “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine. The total number of slides in the presentations is 69. 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
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 #2 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
In 1620, a religious group of people from England who called themselves, “Pilgrims” landed off-shore of what became Providencetown, MA. They were the first Europeans to build a settlement in New England and called the settlement “Plymouth.” They came to the New World, because they were “Separatists” (from the Church of England). These “Puritans” were traveling on the ship “Mayflower.”
A Winter storm blew them far north of their destination and they landed outside the limits of the Virginia Company charter. The laws of Virginia Company did not apply to this location. So, the Pilgrims set about to create new laws to keep law and order. The document they created became known as the “Mayflower Compact.”
The men created the compact by writing down on a large sheet of paper simple rules/laws that they all could all agree upon. They all agreed that these laws were for the good of the colony and must be obeyed. All 41 men signed the Mayflower Compact, November 1620.
The Mayflower Compact is important because it established the idea of self-government and majority rule. Self-government is where people create laws for themselves and majority rule is the idea that whatever the most people want is what will happen.
Power point presentation #3 is entitled, English Origins of US the Government – The Mayflower Compact – Primary Source Analysis and contains 19 slides and covers the following.
Primary Source Analysis
The Pilgrim Settlers
Storms on the Journey
The Storms Blew Them Off Course
The Pilgrims Land
They Landed in the Wrong Place
The Mayflower Compact
Importance of the Mayflower Compact
Why Does it Matter Now?
The Importance of the Mayflower Compact
"Common Sense," by Thomas Paine, was written to challenge the Crown of England and was widely read by the colonist who were inspired to continue to revolt against England. I have highlighted his most famous quotes in this presentation (including his most famous quote) "These are the times that try men's souls........"
Power point presentation #4 is entitled, “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine and contains 22 slides and covers the following.
Who was Thomas Paine? (2)
What was “Common Sense?
Why was "Common Sense" so widely Accepted by the Colonist?
Reasons for Acceptance
Paine’s Arguments for Separation from England
Paine’s Other Arguments
Other Popular Quotes
John Adams Quote
This presentation is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading...Foundations of Government.