Political Traditions Are Brought From England
English Bill of Rights
In 1688, in a peaceful revolt called the Glorious
Revolution, Parliament wrote a Bill of Rights.
King William III and Queen Mary willingly signed it.
It included the following –
the right of British citizens to petition the monarch
to answer their grievances (part of the 1
to the U.S. Constitution).
the right of British citizens to be protected from
excessive bail and from cruel and unusual
punishments (our 8
the right of Parliament (not the monarchy) to
approve keeping a standing army in peacetime (our
Congress has this right under the Constitution).