The Bill of Rights: A History in Documents (Pages from by John J. Patrick

By John J. Patrick

The invoice of Rights is a rare selection of unique records, conscientiously brought and placed into context by way of historian John Patrick, that lines the origins of the invoice of Rights again to England's Magna Carta and its felony traditions via to provide day controversies over freedoms of speech, faith, bearing hands, assembling, and extra. Examples of demanding situations to the invoice of Rights include:* The Sedition Act of 1798, which made it unlawful to precise feedback of the U.S. govt * The internment of eastern american citizens in the course of international struggle II * George W. Bush's government Order of November thirteen, 2001, increasing the government's authority opposed to contributors whilst terrorism is suspected.

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123. If Man in the State of Nature be so free, as has been said; If he be absolute Lord of his own Person and Possessions, equal to the greatest, and subject to no Body, why will he part with his Freedom? Why will he give up this Empire, and subject himself to the Dominion and Controul of any other Power? To which 'tis obvious to Answer, that though in the state of Nature he hath such a right, yet the Enjoyment of it is very uncertain, and constantly exposed to the Invasion of others. . [T]he enjoyment of the property he has in this state is very unsafe, very unsecure.

Every British subject born on the continent of America or in any other of the British dominions, is by the law of God and nature, by the common law, and by act of parliament (exclusive of all charters from the Crown) entitled to all the natural, essential, inherent, and inseparable rights of our fellow subjects in Great Britain. —James Otis, The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved, 1764 ment on behalf of the people. But what if the people's representatives in Parliament, by majority decision of its members, acted against individual rights?

That they are entitled to the benefit of such of the English statutes, as existed at the time of their colonization,- and which they have, by experience, respectively found to be applicable to their several local and other circumstances. 7. That these, His Majesty's Colonies, are likewise entitled to all the immunities and privileges granted and confirmed to The First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia from September 5 to October 26, 1774, to consider how the American colonies should jointly respond to repressive British actions.

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