The Bill of Rights and Good Citizenship. Just because the majority of the members of the Constitutional Convention had signed the document didn’t mean it automatically became the law. At least 9 out of the 13 original states had to RATIFY or approve it.
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The Bill of Rights and Good Citizenship
Just because the majority of the members of the Constitutional Convention had signed the document didn’t mean it automatically became the law. At least 9 out of the 13 original states had to RATIFY or approve it.
Many people in the states broke into two groups:
A tense battle developed in some states between the two sides.
Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and John Jay wrote a series of 85 essays called “The Federalist Papers” to support the Constitution.
One by one the states debated the Constitution and began to ratify it. By June of 1788, 9 out of the 13 states had ratified the Constitution, so it could now become the law of the land. However, two large states, Virginia and New York, had not yet approved it. Fortunately, they eventually did, and the country was more unified.
Some states had been hesitant to accept the Constitution unless a Bill of Rights was included. A BILL OF RIGHTS is a document that lists freedoms the government must protect. The creators of the Constitution created the AMENDMENT process in case changes ever needed to be made.
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. They were created to ensure basic freedoms, and to make sure the government treated citizens fairly.
They were ratified on
December 15, 1791
Click Here to Check out the Bill of Rights from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia…
The 5 Freedoms
3. The Press
4. To Assemble
5. To Petition
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Lodging Troops in Private Homes
Protection Against Unlawful Searches and Seizures
Rights of the Accused
The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial for Criminal Offenses
The Right to a Jury Trial in Civil Cases Involving More Than $20
Excessive Bail and Punishments
Protection of Other Rights Not Mentioned in the Constitution
Powers Left to the States or to the People
First Amendment Liberties
The Right to Vote
1789-White male property owners over age 21
By 1850s-All white males over age 21
1961-Residents of D. C.
1971-Citizens over age 18
*Obey rules and laws
*Be tolerant of others
*Volunteer for causes
*Get an Education
*Take Responsibility for Your Own Actions
*Help Your Family
*Serve on a jury
*Serve in the military to
defend the country
Know the issues by taking time to study current events.
Learn who candidates are in elections.
Never be afraid to ask questions!!!
If you see a cause you believe in, get out there and support it!
Individuals CAN and DO make a difference!!!