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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
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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Palumbo, A. E. (2009). The authentic constitution: An originalist view of America's Legacy. New York: Algora Pub.
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