The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, lists the most valued freedoms held by Americans and states that the government may not legally violate these freedoms. The decision in Barron v. Mayor of Baltimore held that the Bill of Rights only limited the actions of the federal government and did not apply to state or local governments. Although this decision has not been overruled, in the 20th century its legacy and impact were limited by a series of U.S. Supreme ...

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