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From the Blog: Happy Bill of Rights Day!

Sun, 14 Dec 2014

A Very Brief History of the Bill of Rights

A bill of rights was barely mentioned during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Some of the delegates felt that individual rights were firmly secured by the state constitutions. Other delegates believed that a bill of rights was unnecessary, because all powers not delegated to the new government or implied through the necessary and proper clause were reserved to the states and the people.

When the Constitution was presented to the states for ratification, however, the lack of a bill of rights became a powerful unifier for those who opposed ratifying the ...

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ConSource maintains an official library and an open library. The official library contains collections and documents that have been approved by a board of academic advisors who specialize in U.S. history and constitutional themes. The open library contains collections and documents that are being considered or do not meet the standards of the academic advisory board.

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