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When the Constitution was first written, many states feared they were creating a central government that was too strong. In order to quiet some of these fears, a Bill of Rights was included. If the three words that begin the preamble to the Constitution, “We the people…” were to be taken seriously, then the rights of the people had to be protected. The Bill of Rights, adopted in 1791, is the first ten amendments to the Constitution, and its purpose is to protect certain rights and privileges of the people, which were not specifically written in the Consitution. For example, freedom of the press and speech which were so important to the Revolution were not included in the Constitution but were included in the Bill of Rights. The and 9th and 10th amendments were also big ones which said just because a right was not specifically given doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
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