The Bill Of Rights Of The United States Constitution Essay

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The Bill of rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Written by James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties, the Bill of Rights lists specific prohibitions on governmental power. The Bill of Rights was influenced by George Mason’s 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the English Bill of Rights 1689, and earlier English political documents such as Magna Carta. Magna Carta was a peace treaty between King John of England and the rebel barons (a group of rebellious major landowners). It provided a new framework for the relationship between the King and his subjects. “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.”
This clause gave all freemen the right to justice and a fair trial. However, ‘free men’ comprised only a small proportion of the population in England. The majority of the people were “villain’s” (un-free peasants), who could seek justice only through the courts of their own lords. It also was given no particular prominence, but its essential adaptability has allowed generations to reinterpret it for their own purposes. Parliament saw…

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