Charters

The following is a list of essential documents and/or legal charters which clarified or codified the furthering of human liberty under natural law. This list is (with a few exceptions) limited to those documents which signified the force of law or a formal petition or resolution to government for a change in law.

Great Charters of Liberty

  • Hammurabi’s Code (~1750 BC)
  • Ten Commandments (~1440 BC)
  • Sermon on the Mount (33)
  • Romans 13 (56)
  • Charter of Liberties (1100)
  • Magna Carta (1215)
  • Confirmatio Cartarum (1297)
  • Declaration of Arborath (1320)
  • Vindicae Contra Tyrannos (1579)
  • First Charter of Virginia (1606)
  • Mayflower Compact (1620)
  • Ordinances of Virginia (1621)
  • The Petition of Right (1628)
  • Charter of Massachussets Bay (1629)
  • Charter of Maryland (1632)
  • Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639)
  • Abolition of Star Chamber (1641)
  • Massachussets Body of Liberties (1641)
  • Charter of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (1663)
  • Concessions and Agreements of West New Jersey (1677)
  • The Habeas Corpus Act (1679)
  • Frame of Government of Pennsylvania (1682)
  • The English Bill of Rights (1689)
  • Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges (1701)
  • Acts of Union (Scotland) (1707)
  • Resolution of the Stamp Act Congress (1765)
  • Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress (1774)
  • Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms (1775)
  • The Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776
  • Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights (1776)
  • Delaware Declaration of Rights (1776)
  • Maryland Declaration of Rights (1776)
  • North Carolina Declaration of Rights (1776)
  • Vermont Declaration of Rights (1777)
  • Massachussets Declaration of Rights (1780)
  • The Articles of Confederation (1781)
  • New Hampshire Bill of Rights (1784)
  • The United States Constitution (1787)
  • Northwest Ordinance (1787)
  • The U.S. Bill of Rights (1791)
  • The Kentucky Resolutions (1798)
  • The Virginia Resolutions (1798)
  • Act of Union (Ireland) (1800)
  • Homestead Act (1862)
  • Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
  • Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1865)

(Taken from the Liberty Fund Pocket Guide to Political and Civic Rights, as well as lonang.com )