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February 17, 2012 6:56 PM

National Archives translates the Magna Carta into English for the 21st century

To most Americans, England’s “Magna Carta,” or “Great Charter,” is a dead-tree document from the 13th century. Written in medieval Latin and dealing with arguments between long-dead kings and their nobles, the document is impenetrable. On Friday, the National Archives in Washington, D.C., brought it into the 21st century with a new interactive exhibit. Why should Americans care about this charter? Read up on the founding fathers and the American Revolution.

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