The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which define basic liberties including the freedom of religion, speech, and press, and additionally guarantee the rights of defendants, are called the Bill of Rights. When the Framers drafted the U.S. Constitution, Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison, one of the main framers and considered the Father of U.S. Constitution, expressing his concern that this Constitution omitted the citizen’s rights or bill of rights. During the British rule, the people experienced arrests without cause, were detained and coerced to confess, as well as saw their freedoms trampled upon. In people’s memory, British abuses of citizens’ rights were still fresh. Fearing similar tyrannical rule by the new government, the people clamored for the inclusion of the rights and freedoms of citizens. Thus, the Bill of Rights was borne, and became a powerful and treasured element in the Constitution.
In this Part 5 of the Final Project, you will be writing the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights should represent the basic liberties and guaranteed rights of the citizens of your new nation.
Please see this link to explore the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution https://billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/ as an example, model, or inspiration.
***Before you begin, please review the scenario in 1.6 Final Project Review. ***
Please follow the procedures here to guide you.
You are a member of a group of pioneers who traveled from a distant land to settle in an unknown island in the Pacific. Your first task, as one of the new settlers, is to create order and organization in your new-found settlement. Your group, as a result, became founders of a new government. In order for this government to take shape, you need to create a Constitution or plan that will lay out the structure of your government.