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Jenna Paasch // 2B // Magna Carta

Magna Carta // Basic Knowledge

Where: England


When: June 15th, 1215


What: It reduced absolute power of the King, King John the time it was signed, as well as established a parliament, and included basic provisions for civil rights for ordinary citizens.


How: King John was seized at Windsor Castle by his armed and fully armored barons. He was then forced into a meeting with them, where he was presented the Magna Carta for his signature.

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How did it infuence The United States?

  • The Founding Fathers looked to the Magna Carta for what it accomplished and what it left out.
  • Basic rights in the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights echo the charter.
  • 14th amendment can also be track it's ancestry back to the Magna Carta
  • 9 of 26 provisions in the Bill of Rights can be traced back to the Magna Carta
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Works cited

  1. Stenton, Doris Mary. "Magna Carta." Britannica School. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.
  2. Lloyd, Gordon. "The Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights." TeachingAmericanHistory.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.
  3. "The Magna Carta Is Signed: June 15, 1215." Global Events: Milestone Events Throughout History. Ed. Jennifer Stock. Vol. 4: Europe. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2014. World History in Context. Web. 23 Sept. 2015.
  4. "Magna Carta." New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Vol. 9. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 40-42. World History in Context. Web. 23 Sept. 2015.

Photos cited

  1. Doyle, James William Edmund. King John signs the Magna Carta. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. N.p., 4 Nov. 2013. Web. 23 Sept. 2015.