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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 2. Analyze the effects of the American Revolution

Objective b. Describe individual freedoms that resulted from the formation of an independent nation

To help students understand why Americans demanded a Bill of Rights, have them compile a list of the colonists' grievances against the British (e.g., quartering troops in colonists' homes and prohibiting town meetings). Next, review the Bill of Rights with students, and, wherever applicable, write next to each grievance against the British the number of the Amendment that addresses that particular concern. (Students will almost certainly list "taxation without representation" among the grievances. Explain that this grievance was addressed through the Constitution itself rather than the Bill of Rights.) Explain that the Bill of Rights was the founding fathers' efforts to make sure that the new government did not abuse individual liberties in the same ways that the British had. Ask students to consider how well the Bill of Rights protects individual's liberties and write a letter to James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, expressing their opinion. Did the founding fathers do a good job with it? Are there any other liberties that should have been included?

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