Presentation on theme: "Influence of the English Government"— Presentation transcript:
1 Influence of the English Government How did early English democratic principles influence the American Government?
2 2 Common forms of Government MonarchyCountry is ruled by one family, generation after generationPassed down to the oldest son or daughterTitles such as king, queen, empress, or emperorDictatorshipRules aloneDoes not pass the rule down to next generationNo time limit placed on how long he can rule.
3 Vocabulary checkpoint… Monarchy: Rule by a royal family, the rulers are called king, queen, empress, emperorGeneration: The people in each step of a family’s history; for example, a grandfather, a father, and a son are three generationsDictatorship: A person ruling with total control and power
4 King Henry II Became king in 1154 Made changes that considered the rights of the common personAppointed judges who decided how to punish people who disobeyed the lawJudges’ decisions eventually became rules and soon were followed as laws
5 Types of Laws One type of law included rules that everyone had to obey Another type had to do with rights and duties between peopleThere were consequences for actionsExample: If you borrowed money and didn’t pay it back you could face a lawsuit.
6 Trial by JuryJudges for King Henry II traveled from place to place. The king appointed special people to inform the judges of crimes that had been committed. These people were called a jury. The perpetrators of the crime were brought to trial.In the U.S. we have a grand jury to tell our officials if a crime has been committed and if it should be brought to trial.
7 Vocabulary checkpoint… Decision: act of making up one’s mind; judgmentLawsuit: a question or case decided in a court of lawJury: a group of citizens chosen in a court to listen to both sides in a case and to make a decision
8 King John Ruler of England in the 1200s Cruel and unfair king Taxed people heavilyThe nobles became angry and captured the capital, LondonForced King John to sign a document called the Magna Carta
9 The Magna Carta gave rights to English people and limited the kings power The king must ask advice of the nobles in important mattersNo special taxes could be raised unless the nobles agreedNo free man could be put in prison without being judged by his equals (peers) firstJudges and other officials were to be appointed to serve the kingdomThe common people were allowed to elect people to represent them in government. (Parliament)
10 Vocabulary Checkpoint… Magna Carta: Great Charter; a document that grants rightsCharter: a written agreementParliament: A legislative body in England and some other countries
11 Parliament: 2 parts House of Lords nobles and church people House of Commonsknights and common people
12 Parliament Parliament was used by some rulers and ignored by others Finally, Parliament was allowed to make laws on its ownThe system Parliament used to make laws worked very well, so the colonists followed this same systemToday the U.S. Congress and legislatures are based on this system.
13 Protection of Basic Rights By 1628 the members of Parliament felt that the power of the kings had become too strongPetition of Right was created listing the things that a king could not doThe petition said that a king could not force rich people to make loans and that people could not be put in prison without a jury trial
14 English Bill of RightsIn 1689, Parliament passed the English Bill of Rights that stated:Parliament had to approve all taxesKing was not allowed to suspend, or stop, the work of ParliamentThe people could ask the king for helpA person accused of a crime had the right to a jury trial
15 Vocabulary Checkpoint Legislature: a group of people in a country or state with power to make lawsPetition: a written document or legal paper asking for a right or benefit from a ruler
16 Questions?On a sheet of notebook paper, please answer the following questions. You can use your textbook, pages 6-8 to help you.
17 Review QuestionsWhich form of government has a ruler who does not have to pass the rule on to the next generation?What system of justice that we use today was based on a system used during the reign of Henry II?What two houses make up the Parliament?What part of our government is based on Parliament?Name one English paper that influenced the American settlers when they wrote the Bill of Rights.
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