The Freedom Giver

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A report on the Magna Carta. We had a huge debate in class about the most important document in history, here is what I thought.

Submitted: November 16, 2011

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Submitted: November 16, 2011

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Tiahna Moriah Statson

Mrs. Fletcher

Persuasive Essay

November 14, 2011

The Freedom Giver

Here is a law which is above the king and which even he must not break. This reaffirmation of a supreme law and its expression in a general charter is the great work of Magna Carta; and this alone justifies the respect in which men have held it (Winston Churchill). I agree with Churchill because the Magna Carta started the important events to follow it, founded the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and limited the king’s power. Nonetheless, people believe that the Magna Carta only raised taxes or did nothing at all. Without the Magna Carta, America would be like a homeless man, sad and confused.

First of all, the Magna Carta left a foundation for the English Bill of Rights, French and Indian War, Treaty of Paris, and the Albany Plan of Union. Without the Magna Carta none of these would exist and without any of these, the United States would be a very different place. The Magna Carta made America what it is today.

Secondly, the Magna Carta is the founding document of two large documents today. The Bill of Rights got a lot of ideas from the Magna Carta and we still use them today. The U.S. Constitution also took a lot of their ideas from the Magna Carta and, again, we still use them today. Both of these documents gave us more freedom, so in a way, the Magna Carta gave us freedom.

Third, the most important thing that the Magna Carta did, it limited the king’s powers. Before the Magna Carta the king could take land, send people to prison, and take people’s other rights away for no reason. When the king signed it, the king had to follow his own laws and could no longer take away the rights of his people. The Magna Carta led up to the many rights we have today.

Consequently, many people believed that the Magna Carta only raised taxes. This cannot be true because it was not the Magna Carta’s fault if the king raised the taxes. The king had a free will like everyone else and the Magna Carta did not make him do anything. The king himself raised taxes not the Magna Carta.

Nonetheless, there are some people who believe the Magna Carta did nothing at all. I believe that the Magna Carta is the most important document in history; The Magna Carta limited the king’s power, founded two of the documents that gave us freedom, and started the other other events to come that caused America to be what it is today. As we can see, the Magna Carta did do something.


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