The Paradox of Bill of Rights Rhetoric, 1787-1791

TO SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY: RIGHTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, pp. 83-103, Josephine F. Pacheco, ed., George Mason University Press, 1993

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Paul Finkelman

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Date Written: 1993

Abstract

In this article, Professor Finkelman discusses the challenges that the framers faced in creating the Bill of Rights. On one hand, the Federalists feared power vesting itself primarily in the states while the Antifederalists were weary of a strong national government. Both sides had to come together and compromise on the Bill of Rights to protect individual rights from both state and federal government.

Keywords: Bill of Rights, Federalist, Antifederalist

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, The Paradox of Bill of Rights Rhetoric, 1787-1791 (1993). TO SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY: RIGHTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, pp. 83-103, Josephine F. Pacheco, ed., George Mason University Press, 1993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507098

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