The Bill of Rights

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Introduction The Bill of Rights was created because the states believed that the federal government would have too much power and they wanted to have more individual rights. Around this time the colonies had just been under the British rule, which oppressed the people and give them very limited freedoms. The states or the colonies were kind of afraid that this would happen all over again within this new government forming in the form of the Constitution. Most of the state at this time believed that the Constitution alone was enough but others felt that they needed more assurances. In the end, the federal government complied with these states and gave them the Bill of Rights. Chapter fourteen of our text book covers the 3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th amendments which cover different rights of the government and the people. In this paper, I will be summarizing these amendments and how they are important to us. Third Amendment Back when the colonies were under the British government, the King had order that the colonists would house his soldiers to save money. This law had angered the people because not only did they have to house them but they had to feed them. So, when the framers’ were drawing up the Bill of Rights, they thought it would be important to show the people that the new government would not have that kind of power over its citizens. Therefore, the Third Amendment was written, that in any case, whether it be in a time of peace or war; no soldier could come into someone’s house to be quartered without the owner’s consent. Seventh Amendment The seventh amendment was written to not only protect people from the government but also from each other. This amendment extends to civil cases; whereas, the six... ... middle of paper ... ...ed in this chapter, gave people the right to the due process of law. Furthermore, these seven amendments that I have covered are not all fundamental rights that the Federal government has given to us. The Supreme Court uses selective incorporation to determine which one they believe the framers intended us to have, but I believe that they should all be fundamental rights. That’s the whole reason I believe the Bill of Rights was drafted in the first place. The states and the individual people wanted to be protected with all these rights. In the end, the Bill of Rights and Constitution is an ongoing issues in our courts today and will be because everyone has their own interpretation of the language that was used. References Harr, S. J., Hess, K. M., & Orthmann, C. H. (2012). Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System (5th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. (427)

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