Documents On Which Our Democracy Rests
Last updated 11/4/2021 at 4:17pm
Editor’s note: the following guest opinion column was written by Lee Hamilton
As Americans, we tend – understandably – to focus on the Constitution as the source for our representative democracy. It is, after all, our basic operating document, the blueprint for the system we’ve been shepherding for the last 234 years. But the Constitution did not arise out of thin air; our forebears marked key steps along the way with other documents as well. Here’s a quick tour of some of them.
The first was the Mayflower Compact, signed in 1620 by 41 of the male colonists – including two i...