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Bill of Rights of the United States of America (1791) Download a PDF of the Bill of Rights The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. Written by James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties, the Bill of Rights lists specific …

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Patrick Henry's Fight. Was it in Vain?

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim has filed two ordinances designed to protect college athletes in Boston and take on the NCAA.  This is an interesting use of municipal law to regulate college sports, which have traditionally been regulated by federal and…

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Civic & Government: The Bill of Rights: Debating the Amendments Lesson Plan from the Library of Congress. In the lesson, students examine a copy of twelve possible amendments to the United States Constitution as originally sent to the states for their ratification in September of 1789. Students debate and vote on which of these amendments they would ratify and compare their resulting “Bill of Rights” to the ten amendments ratified by ten states that have since been known by this name.

In responding to its critics, PayPal gives what at first sounds a reasonable response. ‘We believe that the Internet empowers authors in a way that is positive and points to an even brighter future for writers, artists and creators the world over…’ But if that makes it sound like PayPal are for freedom of speech, here’s how the rest of that sentence from their blog continues … ‘but we draw the line at certain adult content that is extreme or potentially illegal.’