The Bill of Rights
Bill of Rights
The first ten amendments to the US constitution are called the Bill of
From the perspective of two centuries, it can be said that Madison chose
contains the classic inventory of individual rights, and it has served as the
standard for all subsequenent attempts to sage guard human rights.
Continental Congress adopted the declaration and resolves, which was popularly
termed the Bill of Rights because it was an American equivalent of the English
Bill of Rights. Two years later came the Virginia declaration of rights, which
contained the first guarantees for individual right single gully enforceable
constitution. The distinctive feature of the provision in American Bill of
Rights is that they are enforced by the courts.
From the time they first settled in Virgin and Massachusetts, the
independence, however, demonstrated to them that rights not specified and
codified in constitutional documents were insecure. The result was a movement
as soon as independence was declared, to adopt bindings constitutions that
thirteen states adopted constitutions that included specific bills of rights.
The first state bill of rights was the Virginia Declaration of Rights, adopted
model both for similar state documents and for the US Bill of Rights. It
provided guarantees for most of the rights secured in the latter document.