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Bill of Rights
(circa 1791)

While drafting the Constitution a number of States expressed concern that it did not do enough to protect individual rights and that it also lacked measures to prevent governmental intrusions and abuse of power. In order to alleviate the fears and concerns regarding a potential for a runaway government, the founding fathers drew influence from such documents as the Magna Carta and the Virginia Declaration of Rights in drafting these proposed rights and government limitations. Their intent was to protect, for all time, individual rights and liberties that would be free from government intrusion and interference. By establishing these new rights and inking a line that all citizens could be certain that the government could not cross without recourse, the founding fathers fostered public confidence in the newly formed government. After more than 200 years, citizens of the United States still enjoy these same rights and liberties as inked by the founding fathers.

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