The United States is a
nation of laws and ideas. The fabric of American society is woven
together by our reliance upon the words in these documents. Many of
these links lead to various government archive sites and private
websites, from which you can further explore the words and concepts
that form the basis of our country.
Carta"The Great Charter" of King John. Signed at Runnymede in 1205,
this document granted various rights to Englishmen and limited the
power of the King. This established English common law, which
greatly influenced the Founding Fathers. This version is a
translation from 1297.