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Bill of Rights and Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract"- 1762

How Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract" relates to the Bill of Rights. How theyboth protect individual freedom.
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Emma Ford

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Transcript of Bill of Rights and Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract"- 1762

"The Social Contract"- 1762 The Bill of Rights Expressed the idea that "the social
contract between man and government
allows men to unite together while
retaining individual freedom." The purpose of the Bill of Rights was to create a bond between the government and people while allowing the people to keep their independent rights. Purpose of Contract Rousseau wanted a government that was for all the people, so that the people belonged to themselves and were not controlled by others. What Jean-Jacques believed This government would be for the people working in their best interest. The Social Contract's purpose was to determine how freedom may be possible in a civil society. Purpose of Bill of Rights To State the rights the American people had under the government. Diffrences "The Social Contract" was Rousseau's view on Government. The bill of Rights was the rights of the poeple the government had to abide by.

"The Social Contract" is a panflit and The Bill of Rights is a government document.

"The Social Contract" is one mans opinion on government. The Bill Of Rights was made by Goverment officals. Similarities The goverment had to respect these rights of the people or else been viewed like controlling England if they did not. The purpose of both is to give the people freedom but still have the government as the main power.

Regulate the power the government has over the people.

Create a stronger bond betweenthe people and government. Work Cited http://www.sparknotes.com/philosophy/socialcontract/

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html To use them as guide lines to build a fair government. The first ten amendments, that make up the Bill of Rights, were ratified on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights were used as the framework for the new U.S. government. The Bill of Rights represents the idea of "The Social Contract" because it allows the government and the people to unite together under fair terms and the people were able to hold rights like freedom of speech, regulating the militia, privacy of their own home, right to a fair trial, and ect. Because of the Bill of Rights, the American people have many rights that other people under other governments don't have. http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_bor.html The Bill of Rights gave the american people reassurance that when the government was making the new government, that they would not be ruled by the same type of government that Britian had been, thus allowing them to retain their individual freedom. The revolution against England was to get the rights the people deserved, so the Bill of Rights were made up so the government had a right to give the people what they wanted. This was one reason the people put their faith into the new government. Due to the Bill of Rights Americans have the right to trial by jury allowing them to plead their case and prove their innocence.

The Bill of Rights gives the American people free speech allowing us to print important topics in the new, with out fear of the government intervening. And it allows us to speak our minds freely.

Allowing people to protest and people like Martin Luther King Jr. voice their complaints, thus allowing history to change.

The Bill also allows people to practice their religion without fear of persecution. The Social Contract & the Bill of Rights The Bill of Rights reflects Jean-Jacques ideas that “the social contract between man and government allows men to untie together while retaining individual freedom” because, while the government does control the country overall, the people are gives certain rights so they can still have their freedom and independence from the government.
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