How the Magna Carta Shaped America
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The Magna Carta has left an indelible mark on American constitutionalism. Carried to America with the first colonial charters, the Magna Carta was invoked by Americans who objected to British policies on the eve of revolution. The Magna Carta’s legacy in America includes the rule of law, constitutional supremacy, due process of law, and the idea of an organic, evolving constitution.
A. E. Dick Howard is the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, he was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black. His writings include The Road from Runnymede: Magna Carta and Constitutionalism in America. He has consulted extensively with constitution-makers in other countries, especially in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. Recently the University of Virginia conferred on him its Thomas Jefferson Award—the highest honor the University accords a member of its faculty.
This program is presented in conjunction of the National Constitution Center’s exhibition, Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights. Come see an original Bill of Rights this winter for only $10 per ticket!
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