Balance In The Constitution: The Constitution And Bill Of Rights

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Balance: an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright or steady. Everyday, people must be able to balance how they spend their time in order to do everything on their ever-growing to-do list. Even dating back to our country’s early years, people had to execute their balancing abilities to achieve success. The Founding Fathers used documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights to balance the rights of the people and establish a strong government. These documents left some issues unresolved, though. America’s Founding Fathers were able to create a balance between citizens’ rights and a union that would last inevitably through the use of several foundational texts.…show more content…
When the fifty-five men attended the Constitutional Convention, they sat down to set up how the government would work.They wanted to make sure that the people had some say and control over the government. The Preamble, or the introduction paragraph, stated, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union” (Constitution 121). In the Constitution, they broke up each branch of the government into articles and described in great detail what powers each branch had. In this way, the men were able to build a strong government. Each branch had the ability to check the others, or make sure the other branches did not become too powerful. For example, the president had the power to appoint new officers to various positions in the federal government. Congress, however, must approve these appointments first (Constitution 23). After the Constitution was published in 1787, people discovered that some things needed to be changed. These changes to the Constitution were called amendments. The first ten amendments were called the Bill of Rights. It gave citizens some of their rights back that they lost in the Constitution. One of the amendments was the First Amendment, or basic freedoms amendment. It allowed people to have the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and to petition the government (Bill of Rights 122). The amendments were a way to strike…show more content…
Women’s rights were one such area with problems. Even though the Declaration said all men are created equal, it seemed to leave out the group of married women. In the piece, Abigail Adams’ Last Act of Defiance, Abigail Adams addressed the fact that married women lost the right to own and control land as soon as they said “I do.” Adams exercised her freedom of speech in order to attempt to gain another freedom. She did something truly unthinkable for a married women in the 1700s: she wrote a will. In her will, she gave money that was not even legally hers to many of her female friends and family who were married. Luckily for Abigail, her husband, John Adams, chose to obey her wishes, and gave the money to her sons and female family members. Most men in that time period would not have honored their wives’ wishes like he did. A problem that arose with the strength of the government was a feud between two men: Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Jefferson worried that too strong of a central government would jeopardize the rights of his people. He hoped to stay true to the Constitution. Hamilton, on the other hand, thought that the government system at the time was weak. He wanted a robust central government with a strong president (Chernow 141). These differing views led to a long fought battle to
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