How Did George Mason Contribute To Today

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“All men are by nature born equally free and independent” (George Mason). Without George Mason and his accomplishments and contributions, the outcome of the Revolutionary War and the world today would be different. He made many contributions to the Declaration and Constitution, as well as having great influence and leadership. Mason lived on a plantation with many slaves, however he strongly opposed slavery. He spoke out against all he felt was wrong, no matter who agreed or disagreed. George was a good friend of a man who worked at a court justice, so it allowed him to be extremely influential. He also spoke out against the outrageous laws that were put in place by the British. Mason’s outspokenness was a large factor in the Colonial times …show more content…

There could still be slavery today because in Mason’s time many were for slavery and he brought up the ideas and reasons to stop it. Mason wrote the Virginia’s Declaration of Rights which gave more freedoms to the people and influenced ideas in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. “As a member of the 1776 Virginia Constitutional Convention, he wrote the influential Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was copied by other states and used as a basis for part of Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence”(Facts on File). These are some of the ideas, such as overthrow of government, freedom of religion, separation of power, and right to a trial by jury. If these ideas were not spread, there would be no point in fighting for independence because they would fight to get similar …show more content…

In 1759 he was selected to be part of the Virginia House of Burgesses. This was an honor, in order to be selected one must be a leader, intelligent, and influential. Mason, Washington, and many other powerful men gathered to discuss and solve issues. Others disagreed on many topics with Mason, however he stood up for his views and was able to change other men's minds. (Facts On File) Mason’s power to influence was significant because certain important rights would are included in our country’s major documents, but in order to that to happen he had to persuade many intelligent men. Furthermore, some of these rights can drastically impact the citizens and the country. Ten years later at a meeting between the Virginia House of Burgesses, they adopted the non importation resolutions. In fact, these were George Mason’s ideas. These resolutions were against the laws that the British enforced on the colonies, such as the right to tax certain items and many more. They stopped trade with the British and England retracted their laws. This started to lead the way to the Revolutionary War which was significant by giving the colonists independence (Facts on File). Later in 1774 he wrote the Fairfax Resolves which was then put into place by the Fairfax Court. “‘In this bitter attack, Mason contended that through laws such as the Boston Port Bill, the English

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