Bill Of Rights Purpose  

The Bill of Rights was proposed to safeguard the interests and rights of the American citizens within the boundaries of the Constitution.

The purpose of the Bills of Rights was:

  • To prohibit any act that would deprive the liberty, life and/or property of the people
  • To prohibit any law that would be biased towards establishment of a particular religion
  • The right to possess arms within the federal territory
  • To reserve non federal government powers with regards to citizenry
  • To eliminate capital or punitive action after a jury indictment

James Madison is famously called the Author of “Bills of Rights”. He proposed ten amendments to the Constitution that would ensure liberty and freedom of the American citizens.

The 1st Amendment was to ensure that the government would adopt a specific approach while dealing with establishments of different religions. It would promote and support freedom of speech and provide freedom of press to the American citizens. This amendment also provided the citizens a right to assembly and redress grievances if any.

The 2nd Amendment stressed on the importance to possess arms and ammunition for personal safety. The 3rd Amendment focused on eradicating forceful billeting of soldiers against their wishes. The 4th Amendment prohibited any type of unreasonable search of a house, person or his papers and legal documents without producing a strong proof and evidence to do so.

The 5th Amendment prohibited double jeopardy or self-incrimination of capital or infamous crime. The 6th amendment stated that there would be a compulsory trial by the jury giving the right to counsel. The Seventh Amendment preserved rights in civil cases by the jury. The 8th Amendment prohibited bail and/or corporal punishment. The 9th Amendment protected the rights of those not enumerated while the last amendment reserved state and people powers.

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American History (1600-1799) :

Summary Of The Bill Of Rights      During the Revolutionary War, the Second Continental Congress drafted and wrote the famous Articles of Confederation in 1777. By March 1781, all thirteen states ratified the Articles. More..




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