Constitution Essays (Examples)

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The Anti Federalist Perspective in Hindsight

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The National Archives
In the National Archives can be found the U.S. Constitution ratified in 1787 after fierce debate between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. The Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, opposed the loose Confederation that existed following the War for Independence. The Federalists wanted to ensure that a central or federal government would exist that could help to regulate commerce and issue currency. The Anti-Federalists, led by men like Patrick Henry, saw a central government as leading in the same direction to tyranny like that which they just fought a war against. As Sayre (2013) points out, it was a time in which the Age of Enlightenment was giving way to the Age of Romance. The French Revolution was about to get underway in Paris, and the enforcement of ideals (and even the deification of Reason) would soon be taking place in a bloody manner. The Constitution was meant…… [Read More]

Sayre, H. M. (2013). Discovering the humanities (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
U. S. Constitution. (1787). Retrieved from
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Evolution of the Rights of the Accused

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Thesis: This paper will described the evolution of the rights of the accused and show how the concept changed from its initial inception in early America to its current conception in the 21st century.
The rights of the accused in the modern West stem from the rights of man, propagated by Thomas Paine in 1791 shortly after the War for American Independence was won. It was Paine’s assertion that rights stemmed from nature, rather than from any one human authority. This concept was born out of the Enlightenment philosophy of the day, which was itself a radical response to the Old World concepts of human order, society, hierarchy, and human nature. Whereas the Old World accepted the idea that all rights were given according to the will of the authority of the realm, the New World was much more approving of Paine’s dictum that rights came from God or…… [Read More]

Black, H. L. (1960). The bill of rights. NyUL Rev., 35, 865-890.
Brennan Jr, W. J. (1986). The Bill of Rights and the States: The Revival of State Constitutions as Guardians of Individual Rights. NYUL Rev., 61, 535-549.
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Foote, S. (1958). The Civil War. NY: Random House.
Halbert, S. (1958). The Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus by President Lincoln. The American Journal of Legal History, 2(2), 95-116.
Jefferson, T. (1774).  Thomas Jefferson to Virginia Delegates to the Continental Congress, August 1774: A Summary View of the Rights of British America; Instructions. -08. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,
Oaks, D. H. (1965). Habeas corpus in the states: 1776-1865. The University of Chicago Law Review, 32(2), 243-288.
Powell v. Alabama. (1932). Retrieved from