The Bill of Rights 1791 – The USA

The Bill of Rights 1791 – The USA

The Bill of Rights 1791 – The USA
The Bill of Rights 1791 – The USA

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826),

James Madison (1751–1836)

The Bill of Rights is a collection of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, which were enacted as a single entity in 1791. It outlines the people’s rights in respect to their government in the United States.

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The Writs of Assistance Case 1761

The Writs of Assistance Case 1761

The Writs of Assistance Case 1761
The Writs of Assistance Case 1761

George II (1683–1760), James Otis Jr. (1725–1783)

Americans were protesting to the British government’s seemingly unlimited ability to inspect private property via writs of assistance more than thirty years before the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution barred arbitrary searches and seizures. The Revolutionary War was sparked by opposition to such writs.

Following the French and Indian War—the Seven Years’ War’s North American theater—Britain became worried about the colonies’ commercial trade with foreign countries. The British used writs of assistance, which are similar to general warrants, to combat smuggling.

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