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Chapter Three: What Was Left Out of the Bill of Rights


The debate over what to include or exclude in the US Constitution was complex. Michael McConnell furthers his discussion on the Bill of Rights and asks the audience what they think should have been included in the Constitution.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think is the most important amendment in the Bill of Rights? Why?
  2. Do you think the Bill of Rights is still effective? Why or why not?

Additional Resources: 

  • Read “The Legal Origins of American Exceptionalism,” by Michael McConnell. Available here.
  • Listen as Michael McConnell discusses “The Legal Origins of American Exceptionalism,” available here.