When the Constitution of the United States was written in 1787, several political leaders of the time like Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams devised an additional protective measure for the document. The Bill of Rights is what resulted, ten amendments that added basic legal protections to ensure individual rights. This program examines these human rights, from their inception to the continued impact they have on the citizens of the country. In addition, the subsequent constitutional amendments are also analyzed, addressing such important national issues as slavery, Prohibition, and voting rights. Noted American political science experts contribute their insights and comments, making this video a fast-paced, easy way to learn about the basic rights of the citizens of the United States.
~ Sarah Block, Rovi