What is the Magna Carta and how is it important today? The Magna Carta was a document that the king was forced to sign. It took power away from the monarchy and gave more power to the people. The Magna Carta is important today, because it influenced the American Bill of Rights.
In 1215 King John was forced to sign the newly written Magna Carta. The Magna Carta limited the powers of the monarch, and by limiting the powers of the monarch, it meant that the king also had to obey laws.
The Magna Carta gave people rights, and it led to a constitutional monarchy and eventually a constitutional government. The Magna Carta also settled dispute between the monarchy and nobles.
The Magna Carta had a great influence on the American Bill of Rights. The Magna Carta’s theory influenced America to gain freedom from Great Britain. The Magna Carta gave the US Constitution due process, which were procedures on what the government can and can’t do, and it guaranteed certain rights to all American citizens.
The American Bill of Rights are the first 10 Amendments in the US Constitution. The Bill of Rights was written by James Madison which list specific prohibitions on governmental power, in response to calls from several states for greater constitution protection for individual liberties. For example, the Founders saw the ability to speak and worship freely as a natural right protected by the first amendment. Amendment one says you have the freedom of speech, press, and religion.
Amendment two says that you have the right to bear arms. Amendment three is the housing of soldiers. Amendment four is the protection from unreasonable searches and seizures. Amendment five is the protection of rights to life, liberty, and property. Amendment six is the rights of accused persons in criminal cases. Amendment seven are rights in civil cases. Amendment eight is the protection against excessive bail, fines, and punishments. Amendment nine is other rights kept by the people. Finally, Amendment ten is the undelegated powers kept by the states and the people.
The Magna Carta influenced the American Bill of Rights greatly, it is one of the main reasons we have our basic rights as American citizens.