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The Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights

A brief history and overview of the Unites States Bill of Rights.

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Read the United States Bill of Rights, which was proposed by James Madison.  Older students may find the Bill of Rights in its original form here. Younger students may read the amendments using  Fact Monster. Select three of the first ten amendments and list the rights guaranteed to all Americans.

Have students explain in their own words what is meant by “separate but equal”.

The sixth amendment gives the “right to a fair trial”.  Have students research the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson.    Locate information regarding the impeachment of a president at the Smithsonian site.

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Have students select the amendment they feel is most important and explain why. ℗ is your source to learn about the broad and beautiful spectrum of our shared History.