Bill of Rights Essay

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The “Bill of rights” had been proposed as a follow up to Parliament’s original Habeas Corpus bill, which safeguarded personal freedom and liberty. Now just about every colony had a bill of rights, so James Madison suggested that if the United States was to survived as a a country it would need to have a set of rules versus thirtheen and every state would have the same rules.
In 1789, James Madison proposed a series of legislative articles to the first United States congress, but the processes took a while; Madison proposed twelve but only ten became known as the “Bill of Rights” in December 15, 1791. Brant gives a summary of how these amendments proposed by James Madison, would be added quickly to the Constitution: The first ten
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Bill of Rights with its earlier analogue, noting that even in the colonial period
Americans had progressed far beyond the English in securing their rights….The English “Bill of Rights,” its exalted name notwithstanding, had a narrow range of protections, including the freedom of petition, free speech for members of Parliament, and, in language closely followed by the American Eighth Amendment, bans on excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishments. As an antecedent of the American Bill of Rights, the English one was a skimpy affair, though important as a symbol of the rule of law and of fundamental law. (Levy 5).

But it is important to realize the the English “Bill of Rights” had been proposed as a sort of follow-up to Parliament’s original Habeas Corpus bill, which safeguarded personal freedom and liberty. Although Habeas Corpus still serves as the legal bedrock of the freedom but left to one's judgment or choice in the lives of individuals by the state, it falls far short of the extraordinary number of counts of liberties that would comprise the Constitution’s first ten amendments. Madison’s proposals would compensate for the “skimpy” character that Levy attributes to these existing provisions, from which the American authors of the Constitution derived little more than the name and the

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