Insights on Law and Society: 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta (Vol.15-No.1)

    Insights on Law and Society: 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta (Vol.15-No.1)

    Insights on Law and Society: 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta (Vol.15-No.1)

    Insights on Law & Society: 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

    Volume 15, no. 1, Fall 2014

     

    Insights on Law & Society is one-stop reading for teachers of law, civics, government, or social studies. Each issue takes on a topic, then provides articles written by experts in the field, as well as teaching ideas for incorporating the content into the classroom. Also in each issue, popular features such as Teaching Legal Docs, which examines a legal document as a primary source; Perspectives, which presents an issue from multiple views; and Profile, which offers a quick interview with a figure, provide additional instructional support.
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    Insights on Law & Society: 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

    Volume 15, no. 1, Fall 2014

     

    This 36-page issue of Insights includes:

     

    Magna Carta in the United States

    By Ralph Turner
    Magna Carta influenced the American framers in significant ways. What does this mean for the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights?

     

    Visual Representations of Magna Carta

    By Anthony Musson

    Images of Magna Carta, of both the document and events leading to its sealing, provide meaning to the history of the document and its legacy.

     

    Charter Rights: The Legacy of Magna Carta

    By The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella

    The American framers were not alone in their respect for Magna Carta. The “Great Charter” traces themes in the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

     

    Teaching Legal Docs: What Is an “Original” Magna Carta?

    Magna Carta illustrates interesting questions about “original” historical documents— what constitutes an “original” anyway?

     

    Perspectives: Why Is Magna Carta Significant?

    Experts explore why Magna Carta is still worth studying and teaching 800 years later.

     

    Law Review: Magna Carta In Supreme Court Jurisprudence

    The U.S. Supreme Court has cited Magna Carta in approximately 170 opinions. Stephen Wermiel explores the types of cases, and how Magna Carta has shaped Supreme Court jurisprudence.

     

    Magna Carta, the Federalists, and Antifederalists

    The mention of Magna Carta appears in both Federalist and Antifederalist papers discussing ratification of the new U.S. Constitution. This lesson uses primary source excerpts from these documents to explore the framers’ eighteenth-century references to Magna Carta and what would become the Bill of Rights.

     

    The Faces of King John

    Images of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede depict King John in a variety of ways, with each providing clues to the artist and the history that they are sharing. This image analysis activity asks students to compare depictions of King John at Runnymede and discuss what the similarities and differences might mean.

     

     

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