How did the Mayflower Compact shape the formation of politics in America?

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The Mayflower Compact was the first attempt at self-government in America.  The Compact was written down and agreed to by the male members of the Mayflower voyage.  It was meant to provide for "order and preservation" of the people and to provide for "just and equal" laws.  The signers of...

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The Mayflower Compact was the first attempt at self-government in America.  The Compact was written down and agreed to by the male members of the Mayflower voyage.  It was meant to provide for "order and preservation" of the people and to provide for "just and equal" laws.  The signers of the Compact pledged to follow the laws of the colony.  In this one can also see the beginning of a social contract system in which the members of a body politic promise to follow the laws and the government promises order and equality under the law.  This would be important as the Framers of the Constitution sought to create an orderly system of government with equality under the law with the citizen's responsibility being to follow the laws provided by the government.  The Mayflower Compact was the first attempt at self-government in the New World, and in it one can see the beginnings of how the future government of the United States would operate.  

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