Instructor C. Stefanik
Research Paper Session 2
The U.S Constitution and the U.S. Bill of Rights
The Founding Fathers wanted America to be a better country than the United Kingdom. They were aware of the cruelty in Old Europe and the thirteen colonies. Their belief to have a Constitution which makes America a better country than Europe is the profound cause for this document. The Founding Fathers considered many causes for it, but due to the limitation of this text, it narrows down to the profound aspects of religion, government and rights. In Old Europe the church was the center of life and influenced the government. Moreover, rights were insufficient, so the Founding Fathers wanted to have a document that defined a different system. One of the important parts is the separation of church and state. Another is the Bill of Rights. The thirteen colonies were established by Englishmen but were still under England‘s control. The King wanted to receive taxation from the colonies because England ran low of money after wars with France.
More and more people created a feeling of being an American instead of Brit. This and other incidents lead to the War of Independence with the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 as the result. This was the time the significant change was made. America was independent from the United Kingdom. Due to being an independent country, it was necessary to have an own Constitution. The Founding Fathers worked on the Constitution until it was ratified by all colonial states in May 1790. Because the Founding Fathers considered the events and changed significant regulations concerning government and church as well as rights, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are important historical documents, particularly because the Founding Fathers wanted to avoid perceived mistakes in European history.
The History of Church and State and the Persecution of Religious Groups
For religious life, the...