Constitutional History

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  1. Common Law
    • - develops slowly over time out of custom, royal charters, legislation, and judical precedent.
    • - Henry II King of England, known as the father of common law
    • - is a huge influence on American Law
    • - there are 3 common law courts: Kings Bench, Court of Common Please, and court of exchequer
    • Englishmen believed this was a protection against the rich and powerful
  2. Common Law Rights
    • -Trial before a neutral judge and jury
    • -The guarantee that life, liberty, and property could only be taken through proper egal means
    • -Right to know the charges against you
    • -The rule that people are innocent until proven guilty
    • -The right to consul and to present witnesses of your behalf
  3. Common Law Courts
    • -Kings Bench: tried for crimes
    • -Courts of Common Pleas: dealt with
    • disputes over property and personal injury-- ruled over by juries-- grand jury and justice of the peace
    • -Court of Exchequer: dealt with tax disputes
  4. Magna Carta
    • the great charter of 1215
    • King John and the Barons of England
    • applied to all people-- the king is NOT above the law
    • deals with limiting the kings power
    • englishmen believed that the rights of common law were garunteed in this document
    • in the beginning. it was
    • about protecting the rights of the aristocracy, not the people
  5. Sir Edward Coke
    • published Institutes of the Common Law-- which was in a sense the foundation of our law
    • was chief justice of the kings bench
    • England
    • 17th century
  6. The "Ancient Constitution"
    • was a myth in which the anglo saxons lived under perfect freedom until the French brought the danger and the power of the King in 1066
    • people believed that the Maga Carta was a reestablishment of this Ancient Constitution
  7. English Civil War
    • 1642-1646
    • England
    • hostility between KIng Charles I and parliment over who has what power in the kingdom-- who controlled courts?who was the souce of the law?
    • led to the trial and execution of Charles I
    • established the precedent that an English monarch cannot govern without Parliament's consent-- but not offically established until the glorious revolution
  8. Oliver Cromwell
    • 17th Century
    • Leader of Parliment
    • overthrew the English monarchy and temporarily turned England into a republican Commonwealth, and served as Lord Protector of England.
    • made pleas for religious tolerance, freedom of the press, legal reform, and a more democratic government
    • people are sick of the instability and after his death, the monarchy is reestablished
  9. Declaration of Liberty of Conscience
    • the document from King James stating there be religion freedom and tolarance.
    • People were scared of being taken over by Catholicism. Parliment demanded it be recalled.
    • When James refused the Whigs invited William and Mary to take the throne and save England.
    • the Whigs were the opponants of this declaration.
  10. Glorious Revolution (Bloodless Revolution)
    • 1688
    • William and Mary took the English throne
    • before they were crowned they had to agree to a declaration of rights (english Bill of Rights)-- the king was forbidden to act against parliment, established that the king was subject to common law, and citizens had right to trial by jury
  11. Declaration of Rights (English Bill of Rights)
    • 1689
    • englishmen could not be deprived of thier rights without consent from parliment
    • parliment had supremacy over the monarchy
    • paliment was required to meet on a regular basis
    • no catholic could take the throne
    • king could not make or dispense laws/levy taxes without parliments premission
    • affirmed the rights of Habeus Corpus
    • abolished fines/curl and unusual punishment
    • king can have NO standing army
    • this sets the foundation for the Bill of Rights used in America
  12. Act of Settlement
    • 1701
    • was passed to settle the succession to the English throne regarding the Hanover line and her Protestant heirs.
    • formally confirmed the practice of holding royal ministers responsible for royal acts.
    • Made the chief ministers of government responsible for parliment,
    • made judiciary independant by giving judges lifetime tenure unless guilty of misconduct.
    • was an Act for the further Limitation of the Crown and better securing the Rights and Liberties of the Subject
  13. John Locke
    • 17th Century
    • father of liberalism
    • was for supreme legislative
    • wanted seperation of church and state
    • thought you should exchange natural liberty for civil liberty
    • believed no one could take away life and liberty
    • also wrote the second treatise of civil government
  14. Colonial Charters
    outlined the relationship of the colonies to the mother country.
  15. Navagation Acts
    • 1651
    • were a series of laws that restricted the use of foreign shipping for trade between England and its colonies
    • goal was to stop direct colonial trade with the Netherlands, France and other European countries
    • wanted all imports to go through Britian first-- to ensure the colonies are paying import taxes
  16. Dominion of New England
    • 1686-1689 (17th century)
    • new england
  17. Virtual Representation
    • the 13 colonies called for no taxation without representation
    • they rejected legislation imposed on them by parliment because they were not represented in Britian
    • George Grenville defended all the taxes by arguing that the colonists were virtually represented in Parliament so taxing was justified
    • it was argued that parliament spoke for the interests of all British subjects rather than for the interests of only the district that elected them.
  18. Currency Act
    • 1751
    • series of Acts that regulated paper money issued by the colonies
    • The policy created tension between the colonies and Great Britain
    • The acts sought to protect British merchants and creditors from being paid in depreciated colonial currency.
  19. Mutiny Act
    • 1689
    • The Mutiny Acts were a series of annual acts passed by the Parliament of England, the Parliament of Great Britain, and the Parliament of the United Kingdom for governing the British Army.
    • The first Mutiny Act was passed in 1689 in response to the mutiny of a large portion of the army which stayed loyal to James II upon William III taking the crown of England.[]
  20. Townshed Act
    • 1767
    • passed by parliment
    • named after charles townsend
    • point was to raise revenue in the colonies to pay the salaries of governors and judges so that they would be independent of colonial rule
    • to create a more effective means of enforcing compliance with trade regulations,
    • to punish the province of New York for failing to comply with the 1765 Quartering Act,
    • to establish the precedent that the British Parliament had the right to tax the colonies
  21. Republicanism
    • is an ideology of a nation where the head of the state is appointed by election rather then by heredity
    • power comes from the people
    • equal opportunity, not social equality
  22. Land Act
  23. Northwest Ordinance
    • 1787
    • written by TJ
    • prohibits slavery in the Northwest territory
    • this ordinance created the first organized territory in the US that was south of the great lakes, north and west of the ohio river, and east of the mississippi
    • really set the precedents for the identification of free and slave states
  24. Shays Rebellion
    • 1786-1789 (18th century)
    • was an armed uprising in central and western Mass.
    • began over financial issues
    • states were taxing land, farmers couldnt pay so the states began forclosing thier property.
    • Daniel Shay led farmers to the arrsenal in Mass. and closed courts
    • put down by the maltia
    • is a forerunner to the constitutional convention
  25. Constitutional Convention
    • may-sept. 1787
    • philidelphia
    • represtatives from the colonies come together to fix/reorganize the articles of confederation
    • the leading group were the nationalists who wanted a strong cental government, ect.
    • virginia plan was the framework for the convention
    • leads to the creation of the US Constitution
  26. 3/5th Compromise
    • 1787
    • compromise between Southern and Northern states reached during the Philadelphia Convention
    • three-fifths of the population of Slaves would be counted for Representation purposes regarding both the distribution of taxes and the apportionment of the members of the house
  27. Electoral College
    • a set of electors who are selected to elect a candidate to a particular office
    • the framers did not trust an average everyday person to pick people to hold powerful positions in the government
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Constitutional History
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