George Mason's Legacy In The Bill Of Rights
Written By: Tim George | Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2012
There was no greater issue debated during the drafting and adoption of the U.S. Constitution than what the role of a new central government would be. All the delegates to the Constitutional Convention convened with fresh memories of British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution. That collective memory led to a call for a "bill of rights" that spelled out the immunities of individual citizens.
When the delegates gathered at the Pennsylvania State House in May 1787 to "revise" the Articles of Confederation, Virginia delegate George Mason wrote, "The Eyes of the United States are turned upon this Assembly and their Expectations raised to a very anxious Degree."
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