To understand the Constitution of the United States, we must first understand its historical and ideological foundations. We could begin with the English Magna Carta of 1215, the English Bill of Rights of 1689, or the U.S. Declaration of Independence of 1776, since the U.S. Constitution translates the legal principles of each of these foundational documents into practical terms. This first installment begins with the Declaration of Independence; future installments will show how the Constitution also embodies principles embodied in the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights.
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