The Bill Of Rights By James Madison

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The Bill of Rights, written in September of 1789, is a legal document that laid out the individual rights of the people, state, and the national government. The author of these rights was James Madison, a Virginia congressman who had proposed 19 amendments to the House of Representatives, though the original idea of the document came from Thomas Jefferson. 10 of these amendments made it through ratification by the states and, later on, became what is known as the Bill of Rights. Its name comes from England and refers to the Bill of Rights that Parliament enacted in 1689.
The creation of this national document had given individuals more rights while also granting the national government more power. The Constitution, being weak in the
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The Second Amendment entailed citizens ' right to bear arms under a well-organized militia. With this, the people of the United States knew that, if their government ever wished to limit their ideals once more, they could defend themselves rather than be harmed victims of massacres. Not only that, but they could defend themselves against dangerous citizens if the time for such ever arose.
With the Third Amendment, citizens no longer had to quarter soldiers in a time of peace or without owner 's consent unless it was prescribed by law. The reasoning behind this amendment was due to the Quartering Act issued by Parliament and by British troops lodging within American properties during previous times of war and, overall, being unjust and pompous guests on American soil. This amendment, therefore, would prohibit this from ever happening again.
The Fourth Amendment proposed the barring of unwanted searches and seizures without a warrant issued due to probable cause. Citizens would no longer have the fear of their own law enforcement intimidating them without true reason to: something that was more so a problem with British officers.
The Fifth Amendment is the base of the right to remain silent, or the right to not incriminate oneself while being questioned or trialed by the court. This amendment was more than likely placed here so that citizens would

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