Liberty is another thing that makes someone a real American. Being an American you have the liberty to do almost anything you choose. If you want to practice a different religion you are free to with out anyone telling you that you cant. This is one of the many reasons that immigrants came over to America. Their lives were threatened if they tried to practice a different religion then
In his book titled The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction, Akhil Amar tries to offer the interpretation of the Bill Rights by evoking the world of framers of the constitution and that of the people who amended the constitution. According to Amar, there are numerous differences about the original bill of rights as they were originally framed and those that are contained in the Fourteenth Amendment of 1868. Amar tries to construct a theory of Bill of Rights that is comprehensive by focusing on the implications that are drawn from constitutional text as well as its structure. Amar points out, “The main goal of the Federalists was to forge set of the federally enforceable rights which were against the abusive state governments and this resulted to Fourteenth Amendment” (4). The book tries to explain the first 10 amendments by interpreting them and offering the new insights. This essay focuses on discussing the differences between the Founding Fathers Bill of Rights and the Reconstruction Amendments as it argued by Amar.
America is known as home of the free, though it wasn’t always like this. Before the year 1791 america was ruled by the british king was being abusive in his ruling. In 1776 America had pulled away from the ruling and became independent. To insure that they would never have to go through problems like that again they made the ‘Bill of Rights’ which describes each freedoms a person has. We have the mistreatment of the british to thank for our right of privacy and allowed us to have a non oppressive government.
The United States of America, one of the greatest countries on earth, has its own, which people usually refer to as the American creed. This American creed which is the belief in individualism, democracy, liberty, property rights, equality and religious freedom; drives its destiny. In addition, Americans, since the declaration of independence to the actual era, take this American creed as their
The Constitution of the United States was made through compromises that not everyone agreed on but they came to an agreement on what they thought it should be. Before all of the fifty states were founded there was not a Bill of Rights, it was not until the new government was up and running before the Bill of Rights was added. The reason for this was that the framers of the constitution did not realize that the Bill of Rights was necessary to have at the time. A certainly important choice that was made was how our government was to be
Both the right to petition and assemble manifested themselves well before the Bill of Rights existed; they date all the way back to the Magna Carta, which was formulated in 1215. The Framers of the Constitution, using this historical document as well as a myriad of others as a basis, added a Bill of Rights to the end of the Constitution in 1789. Today, people exercise the many rights included in the Bill of Rights to express their opinion on an issue, but the extent to which these rights are practiced is quite controversial. Although some people believe that the right to petition and assemble should be unlimited, leaving these without restriction could be dangerous for the American people as it blurs the line between peace and violence, could
If I were a Supreme Court Justice during the 1800's, I would interpret that Congress intended to incorporate the Bill of Rights into privileges of national citizenship. The Bill of Rights gave citizens their civil rights and helped restrict the control of the federal government. It did not apply to states at first, but most of the State constitutions included parts of the Bill of Right and were not required to. The bill outlines multiple rights such as right to freedom of speech, religion practice along with many other issues addressed. The Bill of Rights became some of the initial documents that pronounced distinct things the Government cannot control regarding the rights of citizens. Majority of government documents leading up to the Bill
The constitution, what does the constitution mean to me, well for me the constitution gives me the voice to speak up, to be heard and a list of other rights of a citizen I am entitled too. The United Sates Constitution and Bill of Rights was written to protect the rights of people under government authority. Even though there is a literal list of rights that we as people are given under the constitution that each person be treated the same, sadly that’s not that case. I believe that rights are not protected, take the murder of Philando Castile for example for what seemed like a routine traffic stop turned into someone losing their life. What does this have to do with rights being protected? I feel like if Philando had been white male or in
The United States constitution has an amendment process that has been included in the Bill of Rights. The amendment allows Americans to make changes to the September 17, 1789 United States Constitution, that was ratified and made law (Zink 450).. The amendment process has made it possible for the constitution to change moderately, than being overhauled, and it has been changed to adhere to the current times and changes. The Second Amendment to the US constitution is part of the Bill of Rights that guarantees all American citizens the right to keep and bear arms. This amendment gives citizens right to own a firearm.
The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments in the constitution, these amendments were adopted and ratified concurrently which explains why they are often grouped together. The Bill of Rights serve as an outline for United States citizens to understand their basic rights as a human being. These rights range from the right to have freedom of speech, assembly and religion to the right to a trial by jury. As a result of the fact that these amendments were passed over 200 years ago, there are many debates regarding the technicalities of the amendments. It is no surprise that over the years, beliefs, perspectives and opinions have changed. The ever changing world-- in terms of morals and ethics-- we live in causes individuals to be constantly
The Bill of Rights were added after the new U.S. Constitution was first ratified in 1788. The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments of the US Constitution, it guaranteed such rights as the freedoms of speech, assembly, and worship. The Amendments created a black and white outline to what people would be allowed to do in this country, but, at points, the amendments have grey areas that can be used to justify actions of people considered guilty. Any case can be based around one of the Bill of Rights, like a case that went to the courts in January 17, 2014, was about a family fighting the eighth amendment, which is bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
What makes America so magnificent, is it the independence and rights that we have, leading to seemingly endless possibilities for success? This contributes to the thriving of the United States of America in a major way. The American people’s rights protect us and are a crucial part of who we are; the Bill of Rights contains ten major rights that people have. A few of these sections in the Bill of Rights stand out to me.
Colonists longed for a different type of government before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. Before the war, the power stayed within the hands of the King. Many years later, a document called the Articles of Confederation was created. The creation of the articles was one of the strategies taken to merge the colonies in becoming one nation. The articles were supposed to help the governmental problems at this point in time. However, this particular document had several weaknesses and was not sufficient enough for the colonists. The weakness that the colonists focused on the most was the lack of power within the central government. With many of the colonists following behind Whigs’ ideology on the creation of their future government and how things should be carried out, aided them in their views on the Articles of Confederation.
The historical roots of the American Bill of Rights come from two concepts: liberty and republicanism. Both liberty and republicanism are intertwined. At their roots, they are regularized constructs designed to achieve a common objection: a check upon unbridled and arbitrary government power. Arbitrary arrests and imprisonment were feared by the eighteenth century Englishmen as the antithesis of liberty. (Garcia pg. 1)
National Organization of Women (NOW) published the bill of rights in 1968, which was adopted by the national conference in 1967. The purpose of this essay is to assess on the bill of rights. In order to do this, I will give a brief summary of its main points and then discuss it.