Influences on the Constitution

By: Megan Shepler, Amari Taylor, Kyle Mielke

Founding Father-Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman helped write the Declaratin of Independence. He helped create the Connecticut Compromise. He also helped write the Articles of Confederation and the Constituion. He was the most important member of the Constitutional convention in 1787.

Document-Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

This document was a proto type for the Consititution. It was considered the first written Consititution in western tradition by some people. It gave men more voting rights and made more men eligible to run for elected positions. It talked about a representative government. Then, democracy was based off some of the views in it. This document had great influence on the creation of the Consitituton.

Great Thinker- Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli was born in 1429-1527. He brought the idea of realism to politics. He believed that power to the people would be better than having a ruling class of people. So the Founding Fathers based the Constitution of of Machiavelli's idea for power to the people. He also came up with the idea of checks and balances in a government.

Natural Law

Natural Law is the basic individual rights to all of mankind. In the Constitution, it promises life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and those are considered natural law. The writers of the Consitution wanted their citizens to have basic rights that can't be taken away.