Magna Carta

Freedom’s 800th birthday: Doing your part?

By |June 11th, 2015|

(By Douglas Bruce, ’76 Contributor) Tradition accepts June 15, 1215 as the start of limited government in Anglo-American law. Magna Carta (“great charter’) was signed under duress by King John. John was the brother and successor to Richard the Lion Heart, whose loyal subjects included that tax rebel, Robin Hood. […]

Still striving for freedom

By |June 11th, 2015|

Eight hundred years ago on 15 June 1215, the English people compelled King John to endorse the Great Charter – Magna Carta. The Great Charter confirmed the ancient rights of “all the community.” […]

Still striving for freedom

By |June 1st, 2015|

(By Peg Brady, ’76 Contributor) Eight hundred years ago on 15 June 1215, the English people compelled King John to endorse the Great Charter – Magna Carta.  The Great Charter confirmed the ancient rights of “all the community.”  So what?  Magna Carta is the foundation of America’s Constitution, our defense against tyranny, corruption and civil decay. […]

Eight centuries of the magnificent Magna Carta

By |June 11th, 2013|

(’76 Contributor) June 15 commemorates the affirmation, 798 years ago, of our fundamental rights. Magna Carta, the Great Charter, confirmed “for us and our heirs in perpetuity” that the government, even the king himself, must honor citizens’ rights and operate within law and custom.

Despite the fashion to demean Magna Carta, the Great Charter clearly acknowledges the rights of “all free men.” Here are a few of the 63 clauses. […]