American Reform

In the following essay based on my knowledge of history and historical data I agree that The Bill of Rights came from the fear of the power of a new government.The people did not want Congress to have all the power and become a monarchy and commit tyranny as the English did.The Bill of Rights defends there rights as men to be have freedoms such as freedom of religion and freedom of the press.Also for men to have the right to a fair trial.
• Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
o One example of this was the Zenger Trials in 1735.In the Zenger Trials presented the idea of freedom of the press.John Zenger was put on trial for writing in the papers and criticizing the colonial government.His lawyer, Andrew Hamilton, defended him successfully and it was from then on that people's opinions were not punished, but respected.
• A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
o Boston Massacre in 1770.The British brutally attacked the colonies from behind.Five people were killed and after this the colonies needed to be more prepared for attacks.
o Battle of Concord and Lexington in 1775.The British tried to seize the arms of the colonists.
• No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
o Quartering Act of 1765.Colonists were forced to allow the colonist to let the British soldiers eat and do whatever they wanted in their homes.

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