Connection between Declaration of
Independence and Bill of Rights
After the American Revolution, the framers wrote the
Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Independence stated that the colonists were separating
from Great Britain and becoming independent. It also listed the many
grievances they had with the King.
At the Constitution Convention, George Washington is
elected president of convention. The Virginia Plan and the
New Jersey Plan compromise to make the House of
Representatives and the Senate. The framers create a new
government and established the Constitution.
The Framers add the Bill of Rights to the Constitution.
The Constitution would have never been ratified if the framers had not promised
to add the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights defined citizens’ and states’ rights in relation to the government.
They wanted their rights clearly stated because the King violated their rights when
they were still part of Great Britain.
The grievances in the Declaration of Independence are
connected to the Bill of Rights. In the Declaration of
Independence, there is a list of grievances, which stated all
the things they did not like that the King did. This included
him violating their rights. The anti-federalists wanted a Bill
of Rights that would clearly state their rights, to prove they
had them and so they would not be violated again.
The framers thought the government is supposed to secure the people’s rights
and to keep the people’s safety and happiness.
The Constitution is a body of fundamental laws which say how a government is to
operate. It is the supreme law of the land, explains how the government works,
and protects your civil rights.
In the Declaration of Independence, the authors write "all men are created equal." They
defined this by saying they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights,
which include Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. During this time they were
probably referring only to white men. But today, we understand this to mean all people, no
matter the race, religion, or gender.
The colonists are fed up with the King of Great Britain.