Essay on The Bill Of Rights Of The Constitution

844 Words Apr 19th, 2016 4 Pages
The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments of the constitution. An amendment is a formal change to a law, constitution, statue, or legislative bill. Amendments can be added, removed, or updated as the times and people’s views change. Such as slavery, women’s rights, and prohibition have changed over the years. These subjects are very parallel but there is a small difference that will hopefully be defined. The Bill of Rights was created to address the objections of the Anti-Federalists on the Constitution. Federalists maintained that the people and the states kept any power not given to the federal government. Anti-Federalists wanted to place specific limitation on the government to ensure an individual’s liberty. The Bill of Rights originally had thirty-nine amendments and on September 25, 1789, Congress agreed on twelve articles of amendments for the Constitution. The twelve articles were ratified and became the amendments one – ten. The model of these amendments came from prior documents like the English Bill of Rights (1689), Virginia Declaration of Rights and Magna Carta (1215). The Bill of Rights safeguards the people of the United States of America, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of assembly and petition. This document is the blueprint for our structure in telling the government what it cannot do. The rest of the Constitution does not lay out the guidelines for what our government can do and who has the authority to do what.…

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