Magna Carta Comes to America

Howard, A. E. Dick
April 2008
American Heritage;Spring/Summer2008, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p34
The article reports on the possession of one of the copies of Magna Carta, a 13th-century document, by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration in March 2008, and discusses the role of Magna Carta in American constitutionalism. It states that many of Magna Carta's provisions dealt entirely with feudal relationships, and anticipated many of the provisions of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, including the right of petition and a ban on excessive bail and fines.


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