Bill of Rights
Ratified on December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was the first document in American history to actually define the citizens’ rights on paper. This went hand in hand with the newly established government created under the Constitution, which was passed just four years prior to the bill. The following years after the Revolutionary War, there was really no set government as well as no list of immunities for citizens to abide by. In fact, Britain thought the new country soon to be known as the United States of America would not make it on their own, and would eventually have to go back to being ruled by the crown. The Bill of Rights was the last document that solidified our nation’s freedom by giving us protection of our liberties, and by protecting us from the new government of America.
First of all, without the original ten amendments (and the ones to follow it) our government would be able to do whatever they wished to the citizens of this country. Opponents of the Constitution of the United States believed whole-heartedly that this document “would open the way to tyranny by the central government (Bill of Rights).” The American Revolution was not in the past just yet; while creating a government, citizens had a constant thought of how being ruled by the British was by no means any way to function as a country. This widespread thought then lead to the demanding for a “bill of rights”, which would later lay the groundwork for the immunities of citizens. Such immunities include freedom of speech (Amendment I), the right to bear arms (Amendment 2), the right of freedom from unreasonable search and seizure (Amendment IV), and the right to a due process of law/freedom from self-incrimination (Amendment V). These four amendments are some of the original few which would begin the spark for the rest of the twenty-seven to ensue.
Secondly, the Bill of Rights protected individual states’...
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