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Declaring Essential Rights: Virginia and the U.S. Bill of Rights

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Published on Jan 7, 2010

Produced for the Shaping the Constitution Web portal at the Library of Virginia's Digital Collections Web site, Virginiamemory.com:

Brent Tarter, historian and senior editor, discusses the influence of Virginia politicians on the United States Constitution and particularly in the development of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Describing the political climate in Virginia as well as the creation of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, he argues that the Bill of Rights was indisputably modeled on these earlier Virginia documents.

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