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(Origins of the Bill of Rights.pdf) Americans resorted to arms in not to establish new liberties but to defend old ones explains constitutional historian Leonard W Levy in this fascinating history of the origins of the Bill of Rights Unencumbered by a rigid class system an arbitrary government or a single established church squelching dissent colonial Americans understood freedom in a far more comprehensive and liberal way than the English Levy shows He offers here a panoramic view of the liberties secured by the first ten amendments to the Constitution a penetrating analysis of the background of the Bill of Rights the meanings of each provision of the amendments br br In colonial America political theory law and religion all taught that government was limited Yet the framing and ratification of the Bill of Rights in effect a bill of restraints upon the national government was by no means assured Levy illuminates the behind the scenes maneuverings public rhetoric and political motivations that led to each provision The omission of a bill of rights in the original constitution presented the most serious obstacle to its adoption despite Federalist claims that a bill of rights was unnecessary Opponents of the Constitution claimed that inclusion of only some liberties such as the right to habeas corpus and freedom from ex post facto laws meant that all other liberties would be lost But Levy demonstrates the people of the United States aided by a persistent James Madison and by traditions of freedom had the good sense to support both the Constitution and the Bill of RightsDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Origins of the Bill of Rights books for multiple devices.