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BILL OF RIGHTS AND AMENDMENTS PAPER 1

Individual Assignment

Bill of Rights and Amendments Paper

April 2, 2013

HIS/301

Mr. De La Peña

BILL OF RIGHTS AND AMENDMENTS PAPER 2

Bill of Rights and Amendments Paper

The United States Constitution was ratified and made law September 17, 1789. For Americas yet-to-be history the Framers knew the Constitution had to have a way to grow and change with the people, and their needs. This paper will cover the amendment process, the need for the Bill of Rights, how the Bill of Rights has affected America, what the Bill of Rights have granted American’s, discuss the later amendments, and what effect the later amendments have had.

Amendments
In order for America to continue to grow and change with the needs of the people, the Constitution was created with an amendment process in Article V. Article V gives two ways in which the Constitution can be amended; first is by a two-thirds vote from both the House or Representatives and the Senate, it must be ratified by 38 of the50 states. To date this is the only method that has been used. Second method is to hold a Convention called for the sole purpose of amending and two-thirds of the state legislatures must attend. Then it must be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures.

The Constitution
The Framers of the Constitution were specifically concerned with creating a charter for a working government, of the people, for the people, but the Constitution covered very few rights for the American citizen. During the secret convention of 1787,there was some opposition to the Constitution because it was viewed as not

BILL OF RIGHTS AND AMENDMENTS PAPER 3

having enough protections for Americas’ rights. “A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth” Jefferson, T (1787). Including an agreement to add immediately the Bill of Rights, gave way for the...
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