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Putting the Bill of Rights to the Test

A Primary Source-Based Workbook Exploring Protections Found in the Bill of Rights

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


This workbook includes primary sources to help students explore some of the core concepts, or protections, found in the Bill of Rights, and how they’ve been tested throughout American history.

Each chapter leads you to consider the implications of one core concept and includes:

- Background Information
- A key question or questions to frame your thinking
- Questions to help you analyze the document
- A primary source document or documents
- Discussion questions to help you consider the impact or importance of the concept

The concepts covered include:

- No Law Respecting an Establishment of Religion, or Prohibiting the Free Exercise Thereof (First Amendment)
- Freedom of Speech (First Amendment)
- Freedom of the Press (First Amendment)
- Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble (First Amendment)
- Right to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances (First Amendment)
- Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms (Second Amendment)
- Unreasonable Searches and Seizures (Fourth Amendment)
- Deprived of Life, Liberty, or Property, Without Due Process (Fifth Amendment)
- The Right to Counsel (Sixth Amendment)
- Cruel and Unusual Punishments (Eighth Amendment)

All of the primary source documents come from the holdings of the U.S. National Archives.

The year 2016 marked the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights. The National Archives commemorated the occasion with exhibits, educational resources, and national conversations examining the amendment process and struggles for rights in the United States. The initiative was presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

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Putting the Bill of Rights to the Test
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  • Free
  • Level: Grades 10-11
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Politics & Current Events
  • Published: Nov 22, 2016
  • Publisher: The National Archives and Records Administration
  • Seller: US National Archives
  • Print Length: 44 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.0
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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