On This Day: Magna Carta

Magna Carta was drafted by a group of barons who joined together for protection of their property and rights against their king. On this day in Runnymede, England in 1215, King John placed his seal on the document to prevent war. Several iterations of Magna Carta were created throughout history. From this document the Founding Fathers derived concepts that became part of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. View the following collection of videos to learn about Magna Carta and its legacy.

Origin of Magna Carta

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts explains the history of Magna Carta. **This clip is part of C-SPAN Classroom's FREE resources for teachers and students. Visit www.c-spanclassroom.org for more info. **