Query: Mayflower Compact and Social Contract
Rick A. Swanson
raswan0 at POP.UKY.EDU
Tue Jan 16 11:20:54 PST 2001
I have a question a student asked and I thought this list would
be the best place to find the answer. Was the Mayflower Compact
the first example of an actual, written social contract between
individuals agreeing to form a society, or merely a famous
(but not the first) example? If there are earlier examples, what
are those? Thanks, and feel free to reply off-list if you wish.
Rick A. Swanson, J.D., A.B.D.
1629 Patterson Office Tower
Department of Political Science
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506
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