One hundred and fifty years ago today the first ten amendments of the original Constitution were proclaimed to be in effect. Commonly known as the Bill of Rights, they are of the first importance in determining the relation of the individual citizen to the government over him. The Constitution as drawn and ratified by nine of the thirteen erstwhile colonies determines the form of the national state and the ultimate source of power therein, but the Bill of Rights was and is required to set sharply defined limits upon the authority which any...
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