Ninth Amendment: Stretch Marks on the Bill of Rights

The Ninth Amendment is one of the most controversial of the amendments because it's another of those inkblot tests. The Bill of Rights itself almost didn't make it.


Alexander Hamilton calls a bill of rights dangerous


While drafting the Constitution, Hamilton claimed that a citizens' bill of rights was not only irrelevant but even dangerous. He opposed including one in the original Constitution.


We know now that a Bill of Rights was added, so how come Hamilton lost the debate?



The Ninth Amendment causes debate over "new rights"


Democratic citizenship is hard. The goal of the History Doctor is to create the intellectual background necessary for it, so all Americans can participate in these great national conversations. I hope it's a journey that you will go on as well.


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