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Have you ever wondered where our past leaders got the idea for theAmerican Constitution The rights of freedom equality and justice for all whichare held sacred were not always guaranteed for all citizens Many weredeprived of life liberty and the right to own property Others were denied publictrials and the lower class were looked upon as inferior The Magna Carta alsoknown as the Great Charter was signed by King John of England in 1215 Itwas the document that changed the lives of millions of people around the worldIt caused long-range long lasting and long-term effects on society The MagnaCarta guaranteed nobles certain rights limited the kings power and provided acornerstone for further documents that support human rights and freedom for allKing John signed the Magna Carta in 1215 It was revised in 1216 andthen later in 1217 The last version written in 1225 became law and wasconfirmed in Parliament It stated the customary enactment and was enforced inthe courts of law It also confirmed existing privileges and liberties Holt 1 TheMagna Carta established the idea that nobles had certain rights and that theking had to respect the law It consisted of over 60 clauses Many of themdeclared human rights and over 30 were about the relations of the king and hissubjects The document guaranteed the liberties of small and large property-owners It also broke the feudal compact and gave nobles the right to publictrials Bryant 275 The charter declared that the English church should be setfree and that no free man should be outlawed imprisoned or exiled without alawful judgment by his peers or by the law Holt 2 The Magna Carta was alsoa charter of liberties It certified reforms that would protect upper classesagainst absolute monarches and answered questions about wardshipmarriage widows and the payment of debts Warren 237 Four original copiesof the Great Charter have survived since the meeting at Runnymede All otherversions have been copied The original versions were sent to a
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