There are five particular documents that led to the development and the signing of the United States Constitution. They are the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Federalists Papers. This paper will be discussing these documents and be stating if and how they impacted the United States constitution. Then it will be stating when the Unites States Constitution was finalized and passed and signed. Then there will be a summary of these in the conclusion of this paper. The Magna Carta is a document that was developed in the year 1215. This document gave people the right to have a habeas corpus. The Magna Carta was used in the development of the United States Bill of rights in 1689, which were later included in the United States Constitution in 1791. So the Magna Carta did have an impact on the United States Constitution. This impact was that it was used as an inspiration for the Bill of rights that were included in the United States Constitution. The Magna Carta is called the “great charter” part of the bill of rights (Turner, R., 2003). The Mayflower Compact is a document that was written in 1620 onboard the Mayflower ship. One of the first ships that landed on the United States soil. The Mayflower Compact was signed be all of the adult males onboard the Mayflower in 1620 when they first landed on the American soil. This document was based on a social contract made by the first American settlers in the year 1620. The Mayflower Compact only remained in effect from 1620 until 1630. The Mayflower compact did not really impact the United States Constitution. This is because it only lasted for ten years (N.A., 2010). The Declaration of Independence was the first document that stated that the United States was an individual country that had its independence from England. It was developed in 1775-1776 and was signed on July 4, 1776. This document was a way to explain to the world...
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