Sunday, May 26, 2013

"They emphasized the freedom of speech, religion and the press, the right to bear arms..."

"Most of the amendments now offered came from the party opposed to a strong central government. They did not contemplate any radical change, but simply a definition of the power of the central government and its relation to the States. Congress adopted ten of the nearly threescore amendments proposed. They emphasized the freedom of speech, religion and the press, the right to bear arms, the security of the people from unreasonable searches and seizures, and stated that powers not delegated to the United States, nor prohibited to the States by the Constitution are reserved to the States or to the people, and that the fact that certain specific rights are by the Constitution, enumerated as belonging to the people, does not deny or disparage other rights still retained by them. These amendments were adopted by the States."--Arthur Gilman, [A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BY ARTHUR GILMAN M.A., AUTHOR OF "FIRST STEPS IN GENERAL HISTORY," "FIRST STEPS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE," EDITOR OF THE "POETICAL WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER," "THE KINGDOM OF HOME," ETC., ETC. I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American, and I intend to perform the duties incumbent upon me in that character to the end of my career.-- Daniel Webster, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS, BOSTON D. LOTHROP AND COMPANY FRANKLIN STREET COR. OF HAWLEY. 1883]

(Arthur Gilman, (June 22, 1837 - December 27, 1909), was a United States educator. He engaged in banking in New York City. And, with his wife Stella Scott Gilman, were the originators of the Harvard Annex in 1876, of which he became executive officer, and, upon its organization as Radcliffe College, regent. In 1886 he founded and became director of the Cambridge school for girls known as the Gilman School. Most of his studies were in the fields of English literature and history.)

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