The Bill Of Rights By James Madison

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Sabrina Escarrega Prof. Sanchez English 1a 21 September, 2015 title The bill of rights, written by James Madison, is the original 10 amendments. These amendments protect our personal freedoms and outlines the responsibility of out government. The people are the “protectors” or enforcers of these amendments. The first amendment is the most important amendment while the 3rd amendment is no longer relevant. The Bill of Rights is supposed to to guarantee American citizens certain personal freedoms and is supposed to protect citizens from police, military, and the judicial branches. The first amendment, arguably the most important amendment in regards to personal freedom, grants all U.S. citizens the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and…show more content…
In other words, the rights granted in the constitution are not the only rights we have, meaning that we have the right to more liberties but they have yet to be defined in the bill of rights/ constitution. The purpose of the constitution is to protect U.S. citizens and define certain liberties. The Bill of Rights was ratified in in 1791, eight years after the revolutionary war. During war times British soldiers were finding room and board in private civilian homes without owner consent. The English quartering act inspired the third amendment which states “no soldier shall in times of peace be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner prescribed by law” (94). The last war fought on American soil was the civil war, which ended 1865, which is now 150 years into the past. Today the third amendment is irrelevant. There may be need for the third amendment in the future but currently this (quartering of soldiers) is not a problem we are facing today. The first amendment is the by far one of the most important amendments in the bill of rights, it grants citizens freedom of speech, press, assembly, and freedom of religion. Without these essential freedoms we would not be able to speak freely, worship freely, and we would not be able to critique our government or those in positions of power, etc. The first amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
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