The Bill of Rights (We the People)

The Bill of Rights (We the People)

by Michael Burgan

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Explains how the Bill of Rights was written and ratified.


Explains how the Bill of Rights was written and ratified.

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Children's Literature
In the winter of 1789, most Americans thought that their new government was about to go into full swing. James Madison had spent countless months promoting the Constitution so that it would be ratified by the states quickly. Unfortunately for him, there were some who worked against him. The Anti-Federalists wanted more freedoms guaranteed to the citizens of the newly formed country. Madison, a Federalist, felt they were already given these in the Constitution. This was not good enough for the Anti-Federalists and the battle began. States ratified the Constitution with the recommendation of more guaranteed rights. Eventually, the main opponent of the idea, Madison, became the author of what we now know as the Bill of Rights. Still, with a battle on his hands, he negotiated the contents of the amendments and gained support. Finally all sides were as happy as they were going to get. Within two years of the 1789 passage through Congress, all but three of the states had ratified the amendments. In 1939, the final three states, Georgia, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, ratified the Bill of Rights. This text gives an interesting view as to the birth of these important documents in America's history. All of the ten original amendments are summarized in the glossary section of this book. It will be a useful part of my American history lessons. It is part of the "We the People" series. 2002, Compass Point Books, Floyd

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
We the People: Revolution and the New Nation Series
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States.
Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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