The Bill of Rights

Our nation itself was born of the compromise between rival political factions who both imagined the other to be the personification of evil manifested in their day. The Federalists, who demanded strength and central authority with checks and balances built into its Constitutional framework, were accused of wanting to establish a new monarchy on American soil complete with an aristocracy. The Anti-Federalists, always skeptical of government in any manifestation, despised the idea of a distant authority imposing decrees on the citizens without recourse. According to their detractors, they intended to prevent national unity and strength of American resolve. The contribution of their political opposition was the adoption of the Bill of Rights. Both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights find their roots in the Declaration of Independence. It is that document that acknowledged our individual rights, established our common heritage and proclaimed the necessity of this new nation to rise from the division of colony and king. Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging theĀ freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for…

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