Government

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The Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower Compact was signed aboard the Mayflower on November 11, 1620. The document served as a basis for the Plymouth Colony's government. The Mayflower Compact was put into practice when John Carver was confirmed as the colony's first governor. Once the compact was put to use, it served as a simple constitution for the Plymouth Colony.


With the Mayflower Compact in place, freemen, in the Plymouth Colony, would meet several times a year and elect a governer and his assistants, and pass laws for the colony. When the freemen voted, they voted directly in assembly or through representatives. This self-government based on majority rule was the basic foundation established by the Mayflower Compact.

Impact on the U.S. government

While developing our government, the Founding Fathers considered many aspects of the Mayflower compact. Like the Mayflower Compact the Founding Fathers decided to stick with self-governing principles like those seen set up in the Constitution. Also, the Founding Fathers, and many others, cited the Mayflower Compact as the beginning of American democracy.


Some similarities of the Mayflower Compact can also be seen today. For example, we still self govern ourselves today due to the Mayflower Compact establishing our democratic roots. Another aspect, that still carries on from the Mayflower Compact into today's world, is the principle of equality practiced in the U.S: everyone is created equal.

Citations

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Palmer, Aaron J. "Mayflower Compact." Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. Vol. 5. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. 276. U.S. History in Context. Web. 23 Sept. 2015.


"Pilgrim leader William Bradford reading the Mayflower Compact onboard the Mayflower in 1620." UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History. Sonia Benson, Daniel E. Brannen, Jr., and Rebecca Valentine. Vol. 5. Detroit: UXL, 2009. U.S. History in Context. Web. 23 Sept. 2015.


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