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  • A legal or moral principle of what is fair or just. A right can also refer to one's legal or moral entitlement or obligation, usually based in law or religion. In the United States, the rights of citizens are delineated in the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The amendments place limits on the powers of the federal government and protect an individual's private liberties. The Bill of Rights was included in the Constitution because its framers feared that a Constitution without one could lead to tyranny. At the First Congress of the United States, September 25, 1789, Congress proposed 12 amendments. Ten of the 12 amendments were approved; the first two, which dealt with congressional representation and compensation, were ...

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