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  The Constitution protects our freedom. It defines a government that can only be free when justice protects our rights to be free of coercion and intimidation from government.

Without the constitution we, as citizens, would not enjoy the freedoms most of us take for granted. ..

Why was the bill of rights added to the Constitution?

Best Answer: The Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution) was ratified in 1791. The Bill of Rights was championed by the Anti-Federalists, whose cause was led by Thomas Jefferson.

The Anti-Federalists, citing the abuse that came at the hands of Great Britain’s rule, feared a strong federal government. The Bill of Rights was virtually promised to the Anti-Federalists in order to get enough state support to ratify the Constitution. This was because several of the Founding Fathers were hesitant to adopt a Constitution that didn’t protect basic rights.

However, there were also arguments from Federalists (those who wanted a strong central government) who believed a Bill of Rights was unnecessary. Alexander Hamilton was particularly outspoken, saying in “Federalist 84” that adopting a Constitution was not the same as the people surrendering their liberties to the government.

Nevertheless, twelve amendments were presented to the states, of which ten were immediately ratified. The Bill of Rights ensured the people of basic freedoms, and reserved all the powers not designated to the federal government (nor prohibited by it to the states) to the states, or the people. This was important because it limited the power of the federal government and increased the powers of the states (as the Anti-Federalists wanted)…

Links taken from The Heritage Guide to the Constitution



  1. 1. Legislative
  2. 2. Executive
  3. 3. Judicial
  4. 4. States
  5. 5. Amendment
  6. 6. Supreme Law
  7. 7. Ratification


  1. 1Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition
  2. 2Right to Bear Arms
  3. 3Quartering of Troops
  4. 4Searches and Seizures
  5. 5Due Process Protection and the Takings Clause
  6. 6Criminal Courts
  7. 7Trial by Jury in Civil Cases
  8. 8Bail, Cruel & Unusual Punishment
  9. 9Rights Retained by the People
  10. 10Powers Reserved for States or People
  11. 11Suits Against States
  12. 12Presidential Election
  13. 13Abolition of Slavery
  14. 14Citizens, Equal Protection, Due Process, …
  15. 15Suffrage (Race)
  16. 16Federal Income Tax
  17. 17Popular Election of Senators
  18. 18Prohibition
  19. 19Suffrage (Sex)
  20. 20Lame Duck & Presidential Succession
  21. 21Prohibition (Repealed)
  22. 22Limit on Presidential Terms
  23. 23Presidential Electors for DC
  24. 24Prohibition of Poll Tax
  25. 25Presidential Succession, …
  26. 26Suffrage (Age)
  27. 27

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