by Morgan Westhoff 4a

The United States' Bill Of Rights

The United States' Bill of Rights was first drafted in 1776 by George Mason and first adopted by Virginia. The Bill of Rights consist of the first ten amendments to the constitution. However, it wasn't always so. The Bill of Rights was not formally added to the constitution till 1791, when it was proposed by Elbridge Gerry to add it to the constitution. Before this many states had their own bill of rights.
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The Bill of rights has enabled people to feel more safe and secure in knowing that the government is designed to protect their rights. One way of doing this is by allowing the supreme court to declare laws passed by congress "unconstitutional". Most of the time a law is declared "unconstitutional" when it tries to remove on of our unalienable rights. An example of this would be the "Maybury v. Madison case" in 1803. The Bill of Rights also protects the people by limiting the national government through a system known as checks and balances.
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