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The United States Bill of Rights comprises the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Proposed following the often bitter 1787–88 debate over the ratification of the Constitution, and written to address the objections raised by Anti-Federalists, the Bill of Rights amendments add to the Constitution specific guarantees of personal freedoms and rights, clear The United States Bill of Rights comprises the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Proposed following the often bitter 1787–88 debate over the ratification of the Constitution, and written to address the objections raised by Anti-Federalists, the Bill of Rights amendments add to the Constitution specific guarantees of personal freedoms and rights, clear limitations on the government's power in judicial and other proceedings, and explicit declarations that all powers not specifically granted to the U.S. Congress by the Constitution are reserved for the states or the people. The concepts codified in these amendments are built upon those found in earlier documents, especially the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776), as well as the English Bill of Rights (1689) and the Magna Carta (1215).


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The United States Bill of Rights comprises the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Proposed following the often bitter 1787–88 debate over the ratification of the Constitution, and written to address the objections raised by Anti-Federalists, the Bill of Rights amendments add to the Constitution specific guarantees of personal freedoms and rights, clear The United States Bill of Rights comprises the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Proposed following the often bitter 1787–88 debate over the ratification of the Constitution, and written to address the objections raised by Anti-Federalists, the Bill of Rights amendments add to the Constitution specific guarantees of personal freedoms and rights, clear limitations on the government's power in judicial and other proceedings, and explicit declarations that all powers not specifically granted to the U.S. Congress by the Constitution are reserved for the states or the people. The concepts codified in these amendments are built upon those found in earlier documents, especially the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776), as well as the English Bill of Rights (1689) and the Magna Carta (1215).

30 review for United States Bill of Rights

  1. 5 out of 5

    Charles van Buren

    An excellent free edition of perhaps the most important governing document of the United States. You do not need to be an attorney to understand it. It was written for the people, not attorneys or any other special class.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    This definitely counts as cheating for my yearly challenge, so I'll have to read an extra book but I do think it's important for everyone to read this. I haven't read it since high school. I also have to put everything I read on goodreads or I just won't read it. This is what goodreads has done to me haha

  3. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Fascinating, Informative & Enlightening! I Enjoyed This Amazing Read! Fascinating, Informative & Enlightening! I Enjoyed This Amazing Read!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vaishali

    Can’t believe I never parsed through this with the care it deserves. And my goodness, are those of who are Americans truly fortunate and blessed. Beautiful, stately verbiage by James Madison.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jacob O'connor

    Have you ever stopped to consider what an unusual thing it is for us to have rights?  It's a rare thing in history to have them.  If we have rights, that means our government has obligations.  It means we are more than human capital relegated to keeping our leaders in power and comfort.  What an unusual thing.   For this reason, I appeal to my fellow citizens.  Let's not be too quick to give these rights away.  Even something like the right to bear arms.  You might think it comes with too high a Have you ever stopped to consider what an unusual thing it is for us to have rights?  It's a rare thing in history to have them.  If we have rights, that means our government has obligations.  It means we are more than human capital relegated to keeping our leaders in power and comfort.  What an unusual thing.   For this reason, I appeal to my fellow citizens.  Let's not be too quick to give these rights away.  Even something like the right to bear arms.  You might think it comes with too high a cost.  You might think the reasons for it's induction are outmoded.  Even so, I implore you.  Our founders got it right.  Rights come from God, and it is a fool who surrenders them to men lightly.    History has shown that when the people give their power away to their governors, they rarely get it back.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Illiterate

    The rights draw on a republicanism that was already dated in 1791. They allow slavery, they are light on democracy and welfare, and the 2nd is just silly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Norman

    It's actually interesting as a Canadian to see how execution and the punishment inflicted on the slaves were not regarded as "cruel" punishment. They should have clearly seen how they are also our own family of humans, homo sapiens sapiens, and I don't know why they even accept the Chinese as human, even though they have different appearances. P.S. For those of you wondering where I am, I am just having a load of schoolwork, so couldn't really read much. P.S.S. I'm also reading this for the sake It's actually interesting as a Canadian to see how execution and the punishment inflicted on the slaves were not regarded as "cruel" punishment. They should have clearly seen how they are also our own family of humans, homo sapiens sapiens, and I don't know why they even accept the Chinese as human, even though they have different appearances. P.S. For those of you wondering where I am, I am just having a load of schoolwork, so couldn't really read much. P.S.S. I'm also reading this for the sake of adding a book to my reading challenge LOL.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are some of the most profound and important documents created out the founding of the country. I cannot recommend that these be read enough.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Thought I'd refresh my understanding of the United States Bill of Rights as we prepare for the battles ahead. Essential reading for Americans.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Marcher

    It's so simple, a brain-dead duck could understand it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Josiah Richardson

    Recently, I finished the podcast series on the 27 amendments by Radiolab's "More perfect", so I decided to read the bill of rights + the other 17 amendments. This is both the strength and weakness of a living document. It can be changed where necessary which is great, but it can also be changed where unnecessary, which isn't that great. You'll find a mixture of good and bad changes in the 27 amendments.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    Power is in knowing, strength is in being united. We all need to know this and defend this. There is siege on our rights from various angles and must watch everyone of them and not allow our Govt entities to subvert them. Whether it be local, state or federal they need all governed by the people.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Frank Beeman

    Yours Rights as a citizen, under The Constitution of the United States. Every citizen must know and affirm these God ordained rights, in order to live free in our great republic. The alternative is to live under the rule of those who do, and seek to oppress those who don’t.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie King

    3pages= ez reading challenge +1... feels like cheating.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Air

    My sister and I read this every year on Independence Day to remind ourselves of what this country was meant be.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Theresa M Desautels

    It's the Bill of Rights I carry this with me so I can speak to the second amendment. People quote it all the time but leave out the important first part. How many of you toting guns belong to the National Guard? Do I believe in your right to carry a gun? Yes. But not into my home. I believe in sanity and courtesy and consideration. Those things do not exclude gun ownership. And no, i am not a dyed in the wool like liberal. Now go read the second amendment,all 25 words of it and next time, quote it It's the Bill of Rights I carry this with me so I can speak to the second amendment. People quote it all the time but leave out the important first part. How many of you toting guns belong to the National Guard? Do I believe in your right to carry a gun? Yes. But not into my home. I believe in sanity and courtesy and consideration. Those things do not exclude gun ownership. And no, i am not a dyed in the wool like liberal. Now go read the second amendment,all 25 words of it and next time, quote it accurately.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rocko52

    Much as I hate what the United States has become, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were pretty awesome. The right to bear arms, to freedom of the press, freedom of speech and religion, freedom of assembly - lots of really great stuff here. Easily the best early American political document.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    Accurate The only reason I took one star off was that it would have been nice to have included the other amendments and the dates they were each added. I know! I know! They are not the Bill of Rights, just the first ten are, however it would still be nice to find all them in one reference.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Addison Gerstein

    A must read for all Americans! A long with the constitution and the Declaration of Independence, this is a must read for all Americans. Especially the younger generations. Read it now before they change it or erase it from history all together!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laurie miner

    Great book of you don't know the Bill of Rights I rated this book a 5 because it tells exactly what the Bill of rights are and would highly recommend to anyone and everyone that hasn't read them yet

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leah Markum

    Three minute read apparently. I may have memorized it as a fifth grader, but I think history lessons--especially reading original documents--carry different significance when read as an adult because you can compare it to how the world looks outside of a classroom.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Timothy S.

    Review The US Bill of Rights is within the two three American documents that ought to be studied and the top American document that should be memorized by US citizens and protected at all costs. These 10 amendments are vital to America remaining a free nation.

  23. 5 out of 5

    flaams

    the founding fathers were so ahead of times. it is incredible how many of the amendments are still really important in us society, though i disagree with some of them (Amendment II and part of VIII) it strikes me how men were so rational and could understand what was relevant and what wasn't in 1791. Then again, it strikes me the fact that Americans still believe in each and every amendment even though almost it's two centuries and a half later and some of the decision that were taken are now ir the founding fathers were so ahead of times. it is incredible how many of the amendments are still really important in us society, though i disagree with some of them (Amendment II and part of VIII) it strikes me how men were so rational and could understand what was relevant and what wasn't in 1791. Then again, it strikes me the fact that Americans still believe in each and every amendment even though almost it's two centuries and a half later and some of the decision that were taken are now irrelevant and against any human right (Amendment VIII, people, just because it isn't mentioned it doesn't mean that death penalty doesn't belong to the category of "cruel and unusual punishment" in fact, if death penalty isn't cruel and unusual then what is?)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather Newman

    Easy Read. It's only a few pages. But it lists the first ten amendments, as known as, the Bill of Rights with easy to understand vocabulary and with simplicity.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    It's the United States Bill of Rights (First 10 Amendments,) simple as that. This really doesn't need further explanation.

  26. 4 out of 5

    KATHLEEN MOORE

    US Bill of Rights I recommend to all young and old to know rights. Easy to read and access. Educational straightforward and enlightening. Us Bill of Rights

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Includes some other fascinating primary sources that I had never read which gave new insights into the background of the Bill of Rights.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla Wright

    Essential reading This is an essential reading for equipping one with their rights. Everyone should have it at their finger tips when it's needed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Leskey

    This is a grand ol' document, if I do say so myself.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brook

    Amendments It is a perfect representation of the Bill of Rights. It even allows translation in highlights. It is exactly what it looks like.

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