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angelacheer615's picture
Joined: Oct 2005

the Bill of Rights did not come from a desire to protect the liberties won in the american revolution, but rather from a fear of the powers of the new federal government..

Assess the validity of the statement...

Slider0917's picture
Joined: Oct 2005

That question depends on which viewpoint you want to take it from:

Anti-Federalists (Tommy J. and crew)
Yes the Bill-o-rights was created because the federal government would eventually begin to abuse their power. The supreme court could not overrule a violation of rights because they were not ever written down (without the bill). The Anti-Federalists refused to sign the constitution if the bill wasn't their because they felt regardless or checks and balances, the govt. would eventually abuse its power.

Federalists (Alex H. and co.)
The only reason the bill of rights was created was to get the Anti-Federalists to sign. The federalist believed that Baron de montesquie's system of checks and balances would be enough to ensure freedoms.

So pick the viewpoint you have the most info on.

Armando's picture
Joined: Sep 2005

I'd pick the federalist side, I tend to agree with it more anyway.

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