Activity 3: Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution
Student Name _____________________________________________________ Date _________________
Read the first eight paragraphs from Federalist Paper #84 [http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/federal/fed84.htm]
by Alexander Hamilton, paying particular attention to paragraph four, in which Hamilton cites the provisions
included in the body of the Constitution that guarantee individual rights to due process of law. List those
provisions and similar ones in the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution).
Provisions in the Magna Carta
guarantee due process of law
(annotated abridged version).
Constitutional provisions cited by
Hamilton in Federalist #84
Provisions in the Bill of Rights
added to the Constitution in 1791,
especially Amendments 5-8
When the chart is complete, study the results and then discuss whether the evidence supports Hamilton’s
claim that the new Constitution provided adequate protections for individual rights to due process
without a Bill of Rights.
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