America in Class Lessons

James Madison Debates a Bill of Rights

Author: Schramm, Richard R. (NHC Vice President for Education Programs, 1984–2016)

The Bill of Rights, considered today a foundation of our liberties, was highly contested at the time of its creation. Some legislators saw a bill of rights as unneeded or unworkable while others saw it as an absolute necessity. Questions of states’ rights, federal rights, and the rights of individuals were all part of the debate.

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Subjects: Political Science; History; Education Studies; United States Bill of Rights; United States Constitution; United States Government; United States Congress; Primary Sources; American History