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The Bill of Rights, or first ten Amendments of the Constitution, are the undeniable rights awarded to American citizens. Published over 200 years ago, these rights still hold incredible significance as it pertains to present day society.
When they were first introduced, the Bill of Rights only extended to matters overseen by the Federal Government. Trials or instances where the rights were in question did not associate with State governments until the early 1890s. Using the 14th Amendment as its platform, the United States extended the reach of the Bill of Rights to State governments through the incorporation doctrine.
The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution provided American citizens with a broad definition of their undeniable rights. The Due Process Clause, perhaps the Amendment’s most important subsection, recognizes a series of substantive due process rights including: parental, marriage, and procedural rights. The Due Process Clause enabled State governments to recognize the liberties offered in the Bill of Rights to individuals. It simply forced the Government to respect all legal rights established in the Constitution.
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