The debate over the Bill of Rights at the Founding was not an argument over whether rights exist, but about how best to protect those rights. The founders disagreed about whether a bill of rights was necessary, and whether it would be effective. Later generations continue to face the challenge of finding the best way to safeguard individual rights. This lesson explores these debates and discussions.
Handout A: Why a Bill of Rights? What Impact Does it Have? (Background Essay)
Handout B: Understanding Positions of Federalists and Anti-Federalists
Handout C: Federalists and Anti-Federalists Venn Diagram
Primary Source Appendices
Founding Principles for ELL
Vocabulary Scaffolding for ELL