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Influences Upon American Documents Our country has been shaped by many different people Our country has used the laws that were invented by people that lived a long time ago The biggest influence on the documents that shape our country are from eighteenth century philosophes and from earlier English documents If these documents were not around their might not be a United States of America We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness This is one of the most known quotes in the Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson got this quote from an idea by John Locke John Locke said that we have natural right and that there are three Those rights are Life Liberty and Property The Declaration of Independence says that there is an absolute tyrant This is originated from the Magna Carta that says that their is a limit to the power of the ruler The Declaration of Independence also says that the Governors cannot pass a law that is very important It should also be approved by the citizens This quote is taken from the English Bill of Rights In the Declaration of Independence it also talks about making up three different branches of government which also comes from the English Bill of Rights The English Petition of Rights says that the government cannot force you to house soldiers It also says that you cannot be kept in jail for a crime that is not specified The US Constitution which was written by James Madison is full of ideas from eighteenth century philosophes John Locke said that the governments power comes from the consent of the people The beginning of the US Constitution says We the people of the United States
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