The Bill of Rights were added to the Constitution to address fears raised by the Anti-Federalists during the ratification of the Constitution that the Constitution did not provide sufficient protection against abuses of power by the federal government. James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, originally did not think a Bill of Rights was necessary. He thought the Constitution gave no power to the federal government that would allow for a violation of the rights of the people. Madison later changed his position, persuaded mainly by Thomas Jefferson, and, with the help of others, drafted twenty amendments that were proposed to the first United States Congress in
After the Constitution was written, it had to be ratified. These people were concerned that the government would abuse its powers and take away rights of the people.
In order to get the Constitution ratified, an agreement was reached to add a Bill of Rights In order to get the Constitution ratified, an agreement was reached to add a Bill of Rights to protect the personal liberties of the people living in the United States.
The First Amendment guarantees that people will have the right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, the right to assemble peacefully, and the right to ask the government to respond to concerns the citizens might have.
These are some of our most basic freedoms. Many people came to the British colonies and the United States to avoid religious and political persecution. Favoring one religion over another can be very divisive.
By guaranteeing freedom of religion, the writers of the Constitution were able to avoid this from happening.
By guaranteeing freedom of speech and the press, the right to assemble peacefully, and the right to petition the government, the people are able to hold the government accountable and let their voices be heard.
Thus, the First Amendment protects some of the most basic rights people have in the United States.Of all the amendments in the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment is the only one that truly protects political rights.
It protects all the rights that allow us to speak out against the government. First Amendment rights, applied in light of the special characteristics of the school environment, are available to teachers and students. It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.
The first ten amendments were proposed by Congress in , at their first session; and, having received the ratification of the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, they became a part of the Constitution December 15, , and are known as the Bill of Rights.
* There are so many basic human rights that all of them could not be listed in the Constitution. 10th Amendment * Powers not given to the Federal Gvt.
by the Constitution belong to the States or people. To protect individual rights, the framers of the United States Constitution added ten amendments to the document, which came into force in , three years after the Constitution itself did. These amendments are collectively named the Bill of Rights.
The Importance Of Limited Government By Edward White On December 15, , the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution) were ratified by the states.