The Importance of the Bill of Rights
Each document emerged out of a period of protracted political and social conflict, and each appears to have been designed to right, in one way or another, the wrongs of the age just preceding. The English Bill of Rights came out of a political conflict with a religious base, at a time when Britain's Parliament and population as a whole were Protestant but its royalty vacillated between Protestantism and Catholicism. The American Bill of Rights emerged as a culmination of the protracted revolution against British rule of the American colonies, and it comprised the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution itself was an outgrowth of two earlier governance documents: the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776 as the justification for the revolution, and the Articles of Confederation, which was the basis for government from 1781, when the Americans won the revolution, until 1786, when it appeared that the Confederation of the United States would dissolve into states'rights anarchy. The Constitutional Convention, convened to improve the Articles of Confederation, evolved into the creation of the Constitution, and this later evolved into the process to amend and ratify the Constitution by the addition of the Bill of Rights. The French Bill of Rights was not a culmination but the beginning of a revolution, influenced by the American revolution but also assuming its own character. The Universal Declarati

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