Asked in History of EnglandUS ConstitutionMagna Carta
How the magna carta and the English bill of rights influnced the political ideas of the colonists?
November 23, 2009 7:55AM
Both are foundations of the political thinking, but I don't think they influenced many. Maybe Thomas Jefferson who was a reader of John Locke and other thinkers, but since they were several hundred years in the past they did not figure into the scheme of things and just like today they existed in the past. I haven't heard anyone state recently that they need to go look up something in the magna carta.