An Analysis of the Fourth Amendment

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The constitution of the United States was enacted in the late 1700's at the wake of the Revolutionary War. The first laws of the United States Constitution were called the Bill of Rights and included the laws by which men were supposed to live by. In particular, the fourth amendment on Search and Seizure was enacted in order to protect the rights that the citizens of the newly freed colonies were denied of while until British occupation (gpo.gov). Prior to the colonies' victory over Great Britain, British soldiers were allowed to ransack anyone's belongings whenever they pleased. They did not necessarily have to have just cause nor were there always a sincere reasoning behind their complete destruction and invasion of privacy. After forgoing such a violation of personal dignity, the fourth amendment was enacted so that the rights of people who did not agree with the government searching and seizing their property without prior acknowledgment nor permission would be protected (supremecourt.gov). This created a sense of dissatisfaction with the prior government that was to be erased with the new one, making the enactment of the Fourth Amendment possible. In order for the rights of the citizens of the newly made United States of America to be protected, the fourth amendment was written to guarantee that the violations that occurred during British colonization would no longer continue into their new form of government. Proposed by James Madison, the fourth amendment was
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