Chapter Two: The Fight for the Bill of Rights
The debate over adding the Bill of Rights to the Constitution polarized the new nation. The Anti-Federalists argued in favor of including a bill of rights, which would enable people to know when their rights were threatened. Federalists believed that a bill of rights was not needed, because states and individuals kept any rights not granted to the federal government.
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- What do you think is the most important amendment in the Bill of Rights? Why?
- Do you think the Bill of Rights is still effective? Why or why not?